Bridgeport employees warned of intruders in downtown parking garage
BRIDGEPORT — Municipal employees working at the downtown government center have been warned about intruders in the building’s parking structure.
“Please be on notice that there have been some incidents of unauthorized individuals entering the parking garage, specifically the roof, and ransacking and sleeping in unlocked vehicles,” read a recent email to staff. “Please make sure to lock your personal and city vehicles at all times regardless of where you park, and if you see anything report it immediately.”
Rowena White, communications director for Mayor Joe Ganim, confirmed he recently encountered an intruder in the garage.
“He (Ganim) was leaving one night and ran into somebody who was up on the roof,” White said. “The person was smoking. He (Ganim) said, ‘You should probably get out of here’ (and) offered to give him a ride to the bottom.”
White said security camera footage showed an individual who had been allegedly occupying one of the parked vehicles, though she did not specify if it was a city-owned or private car.
While the garage can be entered on foot, there are “multiple cameras all over the place,” White noted.
This is not the first incident of intruders in the government center’s parking area.
Four years ago, police reported that someone entered the garage and stole a Sport Utility Vehicle assigned to the Chief Administrative Officer. The vehicle turned up in Oak Grove, Kentucky.
Ganim’s office at the time admitted the keys were left inside and the doors unlocked.