Police Blotter: iPad Patrol; Threats; Parked and Intoxicated

In the past week, New Canaan police handled a family dispute, a drunk driver, and iPad-related reports of theft and fraud.

17-year-old Charged for Threatening Mother:

The mother of a 17-year-old New Canaan resident called police around 2 p.m. May 10 to talk about issues she was having with her son. In the course of that conversation she made an officer aware that he had threatened her on May 5. Obligated to act, police immediately sought a warrant, which was signed that day. Around 9:30 p.m. the teenager turned himself in at police headquarters where he was charged with threatening, second degree. He posted $500 bond and appeared in court the next day.

Alleged Drunk Driver Parked in Food Emporium Lot:

New Canaan resident Debbie K. Perron, 48, was allegedly found intoxicated behind the wheel of her car in the grocery store's parking lot at 12:24 a.m. May 13. An officer on patrol had reportedly noticed the car in the lot with the brake lights illuminated. When he went over and knocked on the window, Perron was initially unresponsive, according to the police report. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence. She did not post the $250 bond, and was taken to court later that morning.

Suspicious Person Cited for Trespassing:

A resident of Carter Street called police at 6:46 p.m. May 16 to report that, although he knew his neighbors were away, a vehicle was parked in their driveway and a white male was walking around the property.

Police responding to the call allegedly found 30-year-old Massimo M. Lozza of New York on the property. Lozza reportedly claimed he thought the property was part of a town park because it has a barn. He was issued an infraction for simple trespass.

Traffic Stop Leads to Marijuana Arrest:

An officer running radar on Ponus Ridge Road stopped a vehicle traveling northbound around 10 p.m. May 11 for reportedly having a defective headlight. When the operator rolled down the window, the officer reported smelling marijuana under a heavy odor of air fresheners.

A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a 3" long blunt containing what is suspected to be marijuana on the floor by the front passenger seat. Twenty-year-old Michael P. Natalie of Stamford, who had been sitting in the passenger seat, was arrested and charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana. He was released on a promise to appear in court May 25.

According to the police report, a partially empty bottle of vodka was additionally found on the floor behind the driver's seat. The 19-year-old driver, also from Stamford, was issued an infraction for possession of alcohol by a minor on a public highway and given a verbal warning about the headlight.

Another Talmage Hill Sign Marked with Swastika:

An officer on patrol noticed around 11:30 p.m. May 11 that a parking sign in the upper commuter lot on Talmage Hill had been spray painted with a dark green swastika. The damage was estimated at $50.

A stop sign at the intersection of Talmage Hill and South Avenue had been similarly vandalized last month.

iPad Swiped from CVS Shelf:

A 21-year-old Norwalk man reported to police at 6:42 p.m. May 13 that his 32GB iPad, worth approximately $600, had been stolen, along with its black leather case, worth $60. The man had placed it on a shelf in CVS on Park Street while he was shopping and walked away without it, some time between 5:20 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. that day. When he had gone back for the iPad it was gone. Police are looking into the matter.

Teen Falls Victim in Fraudulent iPad Sale:

A 16-year-old New Canaan resident who had purchased an iPad through Craigslist reported a fraud to police May 16 after she had wired $300 to an address in North Carolina and the package never arrived.


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