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PROSPECT — Three people have been charged in connection with an attempted vehicle theft that prompted nearby schools to go into lockdown Thursday, state police said.
Connecticut State Police troopers responded to the area of Route 69 and Radio Tower Road shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday to investigate what the agency classified as a crash involving a stolen vehicle.
State police said Friday the trio were involved in an attempted theft of a vehicle while the driver was still inside on Thursday morning.
While law enforcement investigated, Long River Middle School and Prospect Elementary School were briefly put into lockdown mode as a precaution Thursday morning.
Jahseim Cherry, 18, of New Haven; Ciera Leshay Jones-Whitefield, 21, of New Haven; and Nashaly Rodriguez-Roman, 20, of Waterbury, were each charged with second-degree larceny, third-degree robbery and interfering with an officer.
Police said Jones-Whitfied, who was taken into custody shortly after the incident, was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Cherry and Rodriguez-Roman were taken into custody later Thursday.
All three had their bonds set at $50,000, which none of them were able to post, police said.
Jones-Whitfield and Rodriguez-Roman were transported to the York Correctional Center in Niantic, while Cherry was taken to New Haven Correctional Center.
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