Cops find man wanted on numerous warrants hiding in bathroom
Published 1:29 pm, Thursday, August 28, 2014
A Berkeley Road man, who police said tried to hide in the bathroom as they tried to serve him with outstanding warrants Wednesday, was held on bonds totaling $70,000 after he was taken into custody.
Scott M. Widdell, 45, was charged with interfering with police after an officer tried to pull him over on Melville Avenue around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. The officer spotted Widdell driving his mother's car, and knew there were outstanding warrants for his arrest. Instead of stopping, Widdell sped up and pulled into the driveway of his home, police said. When the officer caught up, he saw Widdell run behind the house and heard the back door close.
Widdell ignored the officer's knocks on the back door, and police entered the home after announcing several times why he was there. Police said Widdell was found hiding behind a bathroom door.
He was served with a warrant for third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft, and two counts each of credit card fraud and criminal impersonation. The warrant stems from a burglary at a neighboring Berkeley Road home on June 13, 2013, police said. A car was entered and a wallet with credit cards taken.
Two charges, totaling $87, were later made at a gas station on Black Rock Turnpike and surveillance video showed that the stolen credit card was used by Widdell, police said.
Widdell was also served with a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
He is scheduled to appear Sept. 9 in Bridgeport Superior Court.