Terrell Hendrick
Carlos Ortiz

WESTPORT — Two Bridgeport, accused of breaking into a Main Street convenience store last year were taken into custody this week.

Terrell Hendrick, 27, and Carlos Ortiz, 32, face multiple charges linked with breaking into the Merritt Country Store, 337 Main St., early in the morning of July 11, 2020.

The men allegedly broke into the store about 3:35 a.m. on July 11, 2020, but left without taking any merchandise a short time later, police said. The store owner told police, however, the forced entry caused about $2,000 in damage, according to the report.

About 5 a.m. that morning, a police officer in Norwalk interrupted an attempted burglary by two men, who sped from the scene in a pickup truck, police said. As the men fled, Westport police joined the pursuit with Norwalk officers. 

The suspects threw objects from the truck to obstruct the police pursuit, which ultimately was called off for safety reasons.

Local detectives later linked Hendrick and Ortiz to both incidents, according to the report, coordinating with police in neighboring communities where commercial burglaries also took place that morning.

Hendrick and Ortiz were both taken into custody Wednesday by Westport police.

Hendrick was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, first-degree criminal mischief, disobeying the signal of an officer and throwing objects at a motor vehicle. He was held on a $100,000 bond and arraigned later that morning at Superior Court in Stamford.

Ortiz was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and first-degree criminal mischief. He was held on a $10,000 bond and was arraigned later that morning at Superior Court in Stamford.