Teen charged

in UPS driver assault

Officers were dispatched to the area of Holmes Elementary School just before 3 p.m. March 10 on a report of a fight between two teens and an adult.

When police arrived, the two juveniles, 14 and 15, both of Darien, were sitting on a sidewalk near a 37-year-old UPS driver.

The man told police that while driving on Hollow Tree Ridge Road, the boys shouted profanities and threw something at the truck.

The driver told police he continued on his route to Holmes School, where he saw the two boys walking toward him.

The man told police he was approached by one boy, who began to argue, asking him, “So you think you’re a tough guy?” The driver told the juvenile to walk away and “not to pick a fight with a grown man.” The juvenile then swung at the driver, hitting him in the face, at which point witnesses intervened, police said.

The juvenile involved in the altercation was released to his parents and had not yet been charged. The second juvenile was not charged with anything and was allowed to leave, police said. The right side of the victim’s face was red from where he was struck, but he declined medical attention.

Stop & Shop reports credit card fraud

The Darien Stop & Shop was the site of two recent instances of credit card fraud, according to police.

The first incident took place about 7:30 p.m. March 6. Police received a call about two men who together purchased $2,200 worth of Visa gift cards and small amounts of groceries.

According to the report, at the register the first man charged a total of $1,682, $1,600 of which paid for Visa gift cards, spread over six transactions.

The second man charged a total of $859, $800 of which paid for gift cards.

On March 8, police received a call at 8:18 p.m. about a second purchase with fake credit cards at the same Stop & Shop.

According to the report, two females approached the register with miscellaneous items, and each with a gift card of $200. The transactions came to a total of nearly $500.

In each instance, the name on the suspect’s identification matched the name on the credit card, police said.

Man pinched

in tongs theft

A Stratford man was arrested March 7 after, police said, he tried to make off with a $39 pair of salad tongs from At Home in the Heights.

Police received a call about 10:45 a.m. from an employee saying a man had just put tongs in his back pocket and was leaving in a Chevy Traverse. Before making the call, the employee followed the man outside and asked for the tongs back. The man handed them over, police said.

A few minutes later, investigating officers observed the man, identified as Brooks Carlton Adams Jr., 46, of East Broadway, Stratford, sitting in the front seat of his car parked at Darien Doughnut. They approached and asked what had happened, to which he responded, “I was stupid and did a dumb thing,” according to the report.

Adams was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released after posting $500 bond. He was to appear in court March 17.

Truck window broken; nothing apparently stolen

Someone broke a window of a pickup truck March 9 in an apparent burglary attempt, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Police said they were called about 8:45 a.m. to 455 Post Road. Police said a window of a 1997 Chevy pickup had been smashed by a rock, but that the owner said nothing was missing.