Man faces theft,

weapon charges

Shelton resident John F. Koch, 23, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree forgery and two counts of weapons in a motor vehicle around 2:15 p.m. Friday.

Koch, an employee at Home Depot, 541 Kings Highway Cut-Off, attempted to steal $469 worth of merchandise, police said.

After he was placed in police custody, Koch asked if he could get some medication from his car. He was given the OK, but was accompanied by an officer. The officer allegedly observed a large knife protruding from under the driver's seat as well as Sturm Ruger .380-caliber handgun in the center console, where Koch also had his medication. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed two boxes of ammunition under the driver's seat.

Koch told authorities he needed the weapons to protect himself from his girlfriend's ex-husband.

Released on $1,000 bond, he is scheduled to face charges Aug. 3 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Man charged

with stealing bicycle

Lonnie D. Jackson, 38, of Bridgeport was charged with sixth-degree larceny by possession around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

An officer initially observed Jackson cycling on the wrong side of Brooklawn Avenue, but he then turned on Roselle Road and ditched the bike, police said. The officer followed Jackson who, after walking a distance, then retrieved the bicycle and headed east on Roselle Road.

He was subsequently pulled over and police discovered the bike, valued at $450, had been reported stolen from an unlocked garage on Edison Avenue earlier in the day.

Jackson reportedly told police that he bought the bike "from some crackheads in the hood for $25."

Held on $1,000 bond, Jackson is scheduled to appear Aug. 3 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

DUI arrest

Hector Gonzalez, 29, of Bridgeport, was charged with driving under the influence and failure to obey a traffic signal shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday.

Gonzalez was driving south on Chambers Street when an officer allegedly saw him nearly drive onto the sidewalk and hit a building. Gonzalez also failed to stop for a flashing red traffic light at the intersection of Chambers Street and Commerce Drive, according to police. He took a left onto Commerce Drive and was pulled over soon after. Gonzalez, who allegedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath, failed his field sobriety testing.

He was released on $100 bond and is scheduled to make an appearance Aug. 9 at Bridgeport Superior Court.

Couple arrested

after domestic incident

Jia Khan, 23, of Bridgeport, and Christopher Douze, 24, of 593 Davis Road, were each arrested around 5 a.m. Monday after a domestic incident.

Khan allegedly drove to Douze's home -- with their 3-month-old child in the car -- and threw rocks at his vehicle, which police said was prompted after she found text messages from another female on his phone. Douze called police and it turned out that Douze had two warrants for his arrest issued in Westport for violation of probation.

Since both parents were arrested, the 3-month-old was turned over to Khan's stepmother.

Khan, released on a promise to appear was given an Aug. 5 date for Bridgeport Superior Court, while Douze is scheduled to appear Aug. 9 in Norwalk Superior Court to answer the earlier Westport charges.

Teen faces drug,

alcohol charges

Eric Tortora, 18, of Milford, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol by a minor in a motor vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. An officer driving by the Sky Hookah Lounge, 689 Kings Highway East, noticed a white male slouched down in an SUV. The officer pulled over, approached the vehicle, and observed an open 30-pack of Coors Light. On the right rear of the vehicle, there was a bottle of vodka, as well as a fake ID with Tortora's photo on it, police said. A subsequent search of the vehicle turned up a blunt cigarette and four baggies of marijuana.

Released on a promise to appear in court, Tortora is scheduled to face charges Aug. 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Copper stolen

from church again

A 25-foot long copper gutter, valued at $1,400, was reported stolen from Calvin United Church, 901 Kings Highway East, around 10 a.m. Sunday. The gutter was stolen off the east side of the building, police said.

Two other gutters, from the west side of the building, were reported stolen a few weeks ago, according to police.

Counterfeit bill used

to buy ice cream

A $100 counterfeit bill was reportedly passed at Dairy Queen, 1902 Post Road, around 12:30 Sunday. The bill appeared to have been bleached and when it is held up to the light, a $5 marker could be seen, according to Fairfield police spokesman Sgt. Sue Lussier.

Leaf blower stolen

A $200 leaf blower was reported stolen from an unlocked garage on Andrassy Avenue about 8 a.m. Monday. The theft took place sometime over the past week, police said.

Husband charged

after domestic dispute

An 18-year-old Fairfielder was charged with disorderly conduct Thursday morning following a domestic dispute with his wife.

Cory Ropiak, of 515 Black Rock Turnpike, allegedly held his wife down by the throat and tried pulling the wedding ring off her finger when an argument turned physical, police said. He was arrested around 10:30 a.m..

Police said the couple's 2-year-old daughter was in an adjoining bedroom, but that she did not witness the dispute. A neighbor did report hearing the baby crying, though, police said.

Ropiak was released on $100 bond and was scheduled to appear July 23 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Bridgeport man arrested

for Home Depot incident

Four months after he allegedly punched a Home Depot security officer in the face, a 33-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested Thursday for trying to steal tools from the store.

Andre Cruz Mendoza, of Cedar Street, was charged with attempted third-degree robbery and attempted fifth-degree larceny.

Mendoza concealed a $720 DeWalt tool kit on March 13 and tried to leave the Kings Highway store without paying, police. A store security officer grabbed Mendoza by the jacket, but he spun out of the jacket and punched the officer in the face, police said.

Mendoza reportedly dropped the tool kit and fled in a rented get-away car. Store personnel have reportedly since identified Mendoza on video surveillance and linked him to prior shop-lifting incidents at both the Fairfield and Stratford Home Depots, police said.

Police recently obtained a warrant for Mendoza's arrest, which was served on him Thursday at Bridgeport Superior Court. Bond was set for $25,000.

Store employee faces larceny, forgery charges

A 17-year-old Bridgeport girl was charged with 13 counts of sixth-degree larceny and 12 counts of forgery after she allegedly stole $330 in cash from Office Max, 696 Post Road, where she had been working.

Police said the former employee scanned dozens of items without paying and returned them for cash. She reportedly carried out the scheme 20 times between Feb. 21 and March 10. She turned herself in at police headquarters around 5 p.m. Thursday and was held on $2,500 bond, police said.

She is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on Aug. 2.

Man charged in connection with July 12 car chase

A passenger in the recent high-speed car chase that ended with police firing two shots near the Jennings Beach parking lot was located Thursday evening in Norwalk and arrested.

Giovanni Hudson, 18, of Washington Village, building B, was charged by Fairfield police with third-degree larceny and interfering with an officer.

Hudson was one of two passengers who managed to escape the police's search following the July 12 car chase, police said. The car, which had been reportedly jacked earlier in the day in Norwalk, reportedly sped wildly down South Benson Road and nearly struck officers who were climbing out of their cruisers. The police fired two shots in the car's direction, and the car ultimately crashed into a stone wall on Craig Court.

After the crash, the driver was arrested and K-9 units helped spot two female passengers hiding in nearby bathrooms. But Hudson and one other passenger eluded police.

Cops: Man reportedly threatened girlfriend

Hector Mendez, 32, of Larkin Court in Stratford, was charged with threatening his girlfriend at 12:50 a.m. Friday.

According to reports, Mendez's girlfriend left the couple's Stratford home Thursday evening after they had a heated argument. The girlfriend reportedly came to her mother's home on Carthage Street in Fairfield, where Mendez phoned her several times threatening her life.

Mendez reportedly then text-messaged his girlfriend, threatening to commit suicide. Stratford police arrested him at his Larkin Court home and transferred him to the custody of Fairfield police.

He was released on a promise to appear July 23 in Bridgeport Superior Court.