Darien police reports
Published 1:03 am, Thursday, April 15, 2010
A Thomasina Lane resident was scammed out of $40 on Monday, April 5, according to police.
A Darienite reported that a man speaking broken English came to his home at 3:30 p.m. on April 5, asking whether the homeowner had any odd jobs he could perform, police said. The suspect gave the homeowner a business card for the Norwalk-based home-improvement company I Rent My Husband, LLC, according to Capt. Fred Komm.
The homeowner told the suspect he needed a new faucet for his kitchen sink, and gave the man $40 cash to purchase one at Home Depot; the suspect left in a red, four-door sedan with New York plates and never returned, police said.
The homeowner called the phone number on the business card at 7 p.m., and spoke with the company's owner, who said he did not know the suspect, but that he leaves business cards all over the area to encourage new business, according to police.
Darien Police suspect that the man picked up one of the business cards to use as a prop in this scam, according to Komm.
Police described the man as a 5-foot-8 white male about 40 years old with a medium build black hair and a "very large, hooked nose."
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Michael Sabada, 30, of Bridgeport was charged with possession of marijuana, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, misuse of plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving with no insurance at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.
Sabada was driving a 2003 Acura 3.2 west on Post Road by the entrance 13 South ramp of Interstate-95 when an officer observed that he did not have a front license plate on the vehicle, police said. The officer ran the registration in the computer, which came back "no record found," police said. The officer stopped the vehicle near the ramp.
Sabada admitted that he had the wrong plate on the car, police said. Police found two glass containers containing what they suspected was marijuana in an open center console, according to police. The containers' contents subsequently tested positive for marijuana; there was a total of 1.3 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, police said.
Sabada posted a $200 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, April 16.
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William Roden, 41, of Norwalk, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday, April 8.
An officer, accompanied by the department's K-9, observed a 2001 VW GTI with a brake lamp out, and stopped the vehicle at Tokeneke Road and Cliff Avenue. When the officer approached the vehicle, Roden appeared nervous, according to police. The officer explained that the police dog, Zulu, would conduct a free air sniff, and asked whether there were any drugs in the car, police said. Roden told the officer there "might be a pipe under my seat," police said.
The police dog pointed beneath the driver's door handle and the trunk latch, and the officer decided to do a full interior search, according to police.
The officer found a bag containing 3.3 grams of marijuana behind the driver's seat, and a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue under the floor mat beneath the driver's seat, according to police.
Roden was released on a promise to appear in court on Thursday, April 22.
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Two Adirondack chairs were reported stolen from the front lawn of a home on Christie Hill Road on Saturday, April 10.
According to police, the homeowner last saw the chairs in front of her house at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and noticed them missing at 4 p.m. April 10. They are worth a total of $300, police said.
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A rust-colored, metal mermaid statue was reported stolen from in front of Abode Antiques, located at 1 Ledge Road, on Saturday, April 10. The statue was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, and was reported stolen at 10 a.m. on April 10, police said. It is approximately 4 feet tall, weighs about 50 to 60 pounds and is valued at $300, according to police.