Published 12:25 pm, Wednesday, September 1, 2010
$30K in jewelry stolen from Cascade Drive home
About $30,000 in jewelry was stolen from a Cascade Drive home last Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., police said.
An intruder took a small jewelry box holding six gold women's rings and a gold Cartier Panther watch from the master bedroom and a men's Rolex Presidential wristwatch from an armoire, police said.
Investigators believe entry was gained through an unlocked back door.
Nothing else was reported stolen from the house. The incident remains under investigation by police detectives.
Graffiti vandals strike Branch Library twice
Twice over the last week, graffiti -- including a swastika -- has been scrawled on the Fairfield Woods Branch Library on Fairfield Woods Road.
On Tuesday morning, a custodian at the library reported markings that included a Nazi swastika, the numerals "666" -- often, a reference to the devil -- and the phrase "old people" on the building's door and sidewalk.
The graffiti, done with green and black spray paint, caused estimated damages of about $1,500, according to officials.
The incident followed similar vandalism at the library over the weekend.
Profanity and symbols were spray-painted on the windows of the library's south side, likely between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.
A smiley face and "I," the "heart symbol" and "U" were scrawled in green paint alongside a swear word. The painting was done backwards, so it could be read inside. The vandalism was reported to police at 1:18 p.m. but no suspects were found in the area.
Woman arrested twice
in domestic dispute
A Fairfield woman was arrested twice within two hours this weekend after a dispute with her brother, police said.
Kathryn Stine, 29, of 71 Nutmeg Lane, was arrested at her home after allegedly throwing trash cans and other items at her brother, while threatening to harm herself. Stine, who lives at the home with her brother and grandmother, was apparently angry because her 79-year-old grandmother would not give her money to purchase cigarettes and a Rock Star energy drink, police said.
Stine allegedly climbed up onto the hood of her brother's car and threatened to cut herself, police said.
The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Stine was taken to police headquarters, charged with breach of peace and released on condition she make no contact with the victims and not return to the house.
At 1:21 a.m. Monday, police were called back to the Nutmeg Lane home and found that Stine had returned and was again arguing with her brother. She was arrested again and taken back to police headquarters. She was charged with violating the orders of her release and sent to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport for medical evaluation. Police said Stine had continued to claim she felt sick and was going to harm herself.
Man charged with theft from pharmacy
A 37-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested early Monday for allegedly stealing eye drops from the Walgreens drug store on Villa Avenue.
Kareem Jeter of 556 Pearl Harbor Ave. was spotted by an officer while walking down the side of Tunxis Hill Road, pushing a green bicycle, about 4:30 a.m. When the officer passed, Jeter looked at him nervously and continued to glance at it him as he drove by, police said. The officer turned around and came back to question Jeter, who appeared frightened, police said. The officer looked up his record and found a history of recent arrests. The officer checked Jeter's pockets and found Cleareyes eye drops, super glue, two Duracell watch batteries, Axe body spray and Fun Bands animal wristbands, which all appeared unopened and new.
The police went to Walgreens and discovered that Jeter had recently left the store. Video surveillance showed Jeter allegedly taking the eye drops, valued at $6.99. Walgreens decided to press charges for the theft of that item.
He was not charged with stealing any of the additional items, although he could not provide receipts for them, police said.
Jeter was charged with larceny and released on a promise to appear Sept. 7 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Man faces DUI charge
An Easton man returning from Hooters in Milford was arrested after police pulled him over for driving under the influence of alcohol early Sunday morning, police said.
Ignacio Arechederra of 226 Redding Road was stopped by police around 6:50 a.m. after crashing into a mailbox on Hulls Farm Road. Arechederra failed roadside sobriety tests and allegedly told police he had consumed alcohol earlier in the night.
Arechederra, 33, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive right. He was released on a $250 bond.
Register theft reported
at tanning salon
A Beach Bum Tanning salon employee told police that money was stolen from store's register while he went to pick up food Saturday night.
The employee said he left the 1330 Post Road store for five minutes about 7 p.m. and returned to find all the $20, $10 and $5 bills missing from the cash register. The money missing was valued at a total of $150. Police were called when the manager arrived.
Police said they have no suspects at this time.
Teen charged with breach of peace in cycle incident
A 17-year-old was charged with breach of peace Saturday night after allegedly climbing onto a Suzuki motorcycle that he did not own. The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, climbed on the motorcycle after being warned by the owner twice not to do so.
The incident occurred around 9:45 p.m. at the Shell gas station on Post Road.
The 17-year-old then drove off recklessly in a white Honda Accord, with smoke generated by his squealing tires as he left, police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they broadcast a description of the suspect's vehicle and it was spotted by Fairfield officers on Post Road, driving east toward Bridgeport.
The car was pulled over and the 17-year-old was arrested. He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license.
Fairfield man arrested
for pot possession
A 19-year-old Fairfield man was arrested for possession of marijuana Saturday night in the parking lot at McKinley School on Thompson Street.
Anthony Rodriguez of 58 Campfield Drive was charged with possession of marijuana when police allegedly found five baggies of marijuana in his possession. Rodriguez was in a car parked illegally in a handicapped spot in the school's parking lot at 11:05 p.m.
Police said they asked Rodriguez what he was doing at the school after hours and he appeared nervous. Police asked Rodriguez not to put his hands in his pockets, but he continued to try and conceal his hands. An odor of smoked marijuana could be smelled emanating from the car, police said.
When police searched Rodriguez they found five baggies of alleged marijuana, which later tested positive. He was given a misdemeanor summons and is scheduled to appear Sept. 8 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
A 2004 BMW was damaged by a friend of the car's owner after a drunken dispute on Sunday morning, police said.
A Massachusetts Avenue man discovered that a dent had been kicked into his 325ci car the morning after the incident, police said. The suspect allegedly kicked the car during the fight earlier in the morning, but the damage could not be seen until daylight.
The incident occurred between 3 and 4 a.m., and the owner reported the damage to police later in the morning. He originally intended to press charges, but the alleged suspect made restitution and the victim dropped the charges before an arrest was made.
ATV, go-cart stolen
from service station
An ATV and go-cart were reported stolen Saturday from the Star Service Station on Jennings Road. The owner of the station told police he saw a man acting suspiciously outside the store about 7:30 p.m., but was unable to locate him when he looked.
The go-cart, valued at $1,800, is black with yellow foam roll bars. The ATV is a light-gray-and-pink Suzuki model valued at $850.
The owner told police he believes the theft occurred between 8 and 9 p.m. The two vehicles were reported stolen to police at 9:10 p.m.
Father, son face
disorderly conduct charges
Mark Kennedy, 53, and his son Benjamin, were both arrested for disorderly conduct following a dispute at the family's 409 Rolling Hills Drive home on Saturday.
Police said the father, Mark, was arguing with his wife, Benjamin's mother, about a suitcase left out after Mark returned from a trip. Mark wanted his wife to put away the suitcase, police said. When Benjamin intervened in the argument, Mark allegedly pushed him up against the bedroom wall, pinning him there with his body and right forearm. He then allegedly punched Benjamin in the ear. Benjamin then allegedly struck back.
Both were released on a promise to appear Aug. 30 in Bridgeport Superior Court, with the condition that they not have contact with each other until the court hearing. Benjamin returned to the home, while his father left the residence.