Published 1:04 am, Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Two Bridgeport residents were arrested for stealing a backpack leaf blower from the front porch of a Hillside Road home on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Joseph Marchionni, 38, was charged with fifth-degree larceny for taking the leaf blower, and Mary Homa, 40, was charged with conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and issued an infraction for driving without a license.
Police said that a witness observed Marchionni walk up to the front porch of the home, grab the leaf blower and run to a small gray car parked out front. He threw it in the back seat, police said, and the car fled south on Hillside Road.
A patrol car soon spotted the two driving east on Brookside Drive. The car was stopped on Samp Mortar Road, police said.
While there was no leaf blower found in the car, police said, Marchionni admitted to having taken it and then dumping it behind bushes on the corner of Mine Hill Road and Verna Hill Road. He said he dumped the leaf blower because he knew he'd been spotted, according to cops.
Both parties were issued promises to appear in court on Nov. 24.
Nancy Kane, 49, of Gate Ridge Road, was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, third-degree criminal mischief and interfering with an emergency call Monday around 2:20 a.m., police said.
According to authorities, Kane arrived at her ex-husband's home on Barberry Road around 1:20 a.m. She banged on the front-door and on windows but was refused entry by her ex-husband, police said.
The ex-husband reportedly then heard the sound of shattering glass, according to cops, but he didn't know where the sound had come from. The next thing he knew, police said, Kane was climbing the basement stairs.
During the ensuing argument, Kane allegedly interfered with her ex-husband's attempts to call 911 by taking his cell phone and ripping a land line out of a wall, police said. She also allegedly scratched his neck.
Police arrested Kane at her Gate Ridge Road home about an hour later. She was held on $100 bond and appeared in court on Monday.
Marissa Fomato, 23, of Old Elm Road, was arrested Saturday at 3:20 p.m. and charged with third-degree larceny and second-degree forgery.
Police said that Fomato had stolen six checks from her mother's checking account -- four from People's Bank and two from Bank of America -- totaling $3,000.
Bond was set for $1,500 and a court date for Nov. 24.
Daniel Richards, 19, of Quincy, Mass., was arrested Sunday at 1:12 a.m. and charged with third-degree criminal mischief. Police said that Richards punched and broke a townhouse window at Fairfield University, causing $200 of damage and cutting his arm.
Richards is not a student of the university and will appear in court on Nov. 23. He was asked to not return to campus, police said.
Flames engulfed a white Chevy caravan in the back parking lot of Black Rock Turnpike Saturday at 5:23 a.m., police said.
By the time cops arrived, the front end of the van had already burned off, police said. The van belongs to Testani Painting, 250 Black Rock Tpk.
The fire department put out the flames and deemed that no accelerant had been used, police added.
Two cars were reportedly broken into while in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, 111 Black Rock Turnpike, on Sunday around 5:30 p.m.
Police first responded to reports that the back-passenger window of one car had been smashed open and a purse taken. The purse reportedly contained credit cards, a Verizon Chocolate cell phone, personal papers and $20 in cash. There were pry marks along the window frame, police said. The window damage was listed at $250.
While cops were still on the scene, a similar report came from a second car in the lot. The front-passenger window of that car was smashed and a purse was taken from the front seat. There were pry-marks along the window again, police said.
The second purse contained credit cards and personal papers and the window damage was listed at $250, said police.
The driver's side window was reported smashed and a $100 Garmin GPS stolen from a car parked in the garage at Fairfield Cinemas, 40 Black Rock Turnpike, police said.
The incident happened between 4:15 and 6:15 p.m. on Sunday. The window was listed at $300.
A $1,100 trailer and a $1,800 all-terrain quad were reported stolen from a Reef Road residence sometime between late Friday and Saturday morning. Police said the trailer was unhitched from a pick-up truck in the driveway and, with the quad on top, driven elsewhere.