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Cops: Man had knife, other people's mail in car

Published 1:09 pm, Monday, March 3, 2014
  • Joel Valcin, 25, of Bridgeport, was arrested Friday after a traffic stop on Park Avenue. Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen

    Joel Valcin, 25, of Bridgeport, was arrested Friday after a traffic stop on Park Avenue.

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A traffic stop last Friday afternoon on Park Avenue led to the arrest of a Bridgeport man who police said had a knife and 19 pieces of other peoples' mail in his car.

Joel P. Valcin, 25, who lives on Park Avenue in Bridgeport, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, weapons in a motor vehicle, and failure to keep a prescription drug in the original container. He was also charged with a variety of motor vehicle violations.

Valcin was stopped because his Cadillac had no front license plate, police said, and the rear plate was obscured by a smoke-colored plate cover. Officers discovered a knife under the passenger seat, and a bottle of napraxon in the center console. In the car's trunk were 19 pieces of mail, mostly financial in nature, addressed to other people, according to the report.

He told police he had just purchased the car that day for $2,500 and had not yet registered it. The license plate on the car belonged to a Honda, police said.

Valcin said he did not have his driver's license with him because Bridgeport police failed to return it following an arrest for credit card fraud, police said.

The traffic summonses issued to Valcin include misuse of license plates, no insurance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, failure to carry a license, improper plate attachment, and failure to comply with emissions testing.

His car was towed, and bond was set at $2,500 bond. Valcin is scheduled to appear March 10 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Meanwhile, police are attempting to locate any recent victims of identity theft or credit card fraud that may be related to the case.