Anibal Rivera / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A resident’s tip about items stolen from a woman’s unlocked car led to the apprehension of a 24-year-old Bridgeport man, police said.

Anibal Rivera was charged Oct. 25 with two counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny and theft of a payment card in connection with the incident.

A woman filed a complaint with police on Sept. 29, reporting that someone had entered her unlocked car and stolen her purse.

Police investigating the complaint could not find video surveillance footage of the incident, but later received a tip from a resident who spotted a man dumping items in a trash bin behind their home.

The resident wrote down the license plate number of the man’s car and also retrieved some of the stolen items. Using personal information discovered among those items, the resident was able to contact the theft victim, who in turn passed details on to police. The information also was shared with the Regional Auto Theft Task Force officer in Bridgeport.

The investigating officer, while working an off-duty job Oct. 3 in Westport, was alerted that a man was seen trying to open car doors in a Post Road East parking lot.

When approached, the man fled but not before the officer noted that his vehicle’s license plate matched the one driven by the theft suspect, according to police.

A report was relayed to the task force officer in Bridgeport, who later located the car and a man — identified as Rivera — seated inside.

Evidence, allegedly stolen from the Westport car, also was found in Rivera’s vehicle, police said.

A warrant for Rivera’s arrest was issued, and on Oct. 25 he turned himself in at Police Department headquarters. He was released after posting $175,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 6 at state Superior Court in Stamford.