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Police Blotter: Dec. 14—20

Prowler, larceny, vandalism, burglary, drugs and a DWI.

Police Blotter: Dec. 14—20

Monday, Dec. 14

Prowler caught peering through woman's bathroom window.
A prowler was observed outside a residence on Half Mile Road around 6 p.m. An 18-year old female saw a person standing outside the window of the bathroom. When she turned on the light, the individual ran through the yard. The prowler is described as a white male wearing a dark colored hoodie and skinny jeans. The State Police K-9 tracked the person to the area of Snagbark Road, where the scent stopped next to tire tracks.

Prowler heard in the bushes.

A prowler was observed outside a residence on Joseph Street around 11:20 p.m. A male resident went outside to walk a dog and heard a rustling sound in the bushes. The dog began to growl and the prowler ran away. The prowler was wearing gray sweatpants or light blue jeans, with white sneakers and "maybe" tall and skinny.

Home burglarized; electronics taken.
A residential burglary was reported at a residence on Plymouth Lane. The last person to leave the residence left at 7:30 a.m. and did not lock door. When the person returned at 3:10 p.m., the door was wide open. Taken was an Xbox valued at $500, Ipod touch valued at $300 and approximately 20 video games from the family room and living room.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

Riding saddle stolen from Hunt Club.
The theft of a saddle from Ox Ridge Hunt Club, 512 Middlesex Road, was reported. The saddle is described as an English riding saddle made of dark brown leather, valued at $4800. The saddle, which belonged to a member, was taken sometime over the weekend. The saddle was last placed in the tack room on Saturday, Dec. 12 and was discovered missing the next day at 10 a.m.

Car window smashed; valuables taken.
The front passenger window of a 2009 Mercedes ML550 was shattered in the parking lot of Kings Highway Tennis Club, 86 Old Kings Highway North, around 3:10 p.m. The owner of the car parked at 1:35 p.m. Her purse had been left on the front passenger seat. Taken was a dark cloth Fendi purse valued at $400, a gold Prada wallet valued at $500 and credit cards.

Man reports $7,000 stolen from unlocked car.
A motor vehicle burglary was reported from a residence on Plymouth Road at 5:15 p.m. The car, a 2009 Chevy Silverado, had been parked at 10 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the driveway. When the owner returned to the vehicle the next day at 7:30 a.m., he noticed $7000 in cash had been taken from the center console. The money had been in $100 bills.

Stamford man charged with possession of marijuana
A 22-year-old Stamford man was charged with possession of marijuana and failure to obey red light around 8:15 p.m. He was pulled over by a police officer for allegedly running a red light on the Post Road in the area of Hecker Avenue. According to police, an officer observed a small plastic bag containing a "green leafy substance" in the center ash tray. The man did not post $500 bond and went to court the next day.

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Pizza place employee has purse pinched.

The larceny of a wallet from an employee of Bertucci's, 54 Post Road, was reported to police. The employee said she left her purse on the employee rack at the rear of the building around 4:30 p.m. This area of the restaurant is not accessible to customers, she said. At 8:45 p.m., she noticed her wallet containing credit cards, driver's license, passport and $16 in cash was missing.

Diner's wallet taken from 1020 Post.
The larceny of a wallet was reported around 2:50 p.m. A female resident of Darien had gone to 1020 Post around 12:45 p.m. She left at 2:30 p.m. and later noticed her wallet was missing, containing credit cards and $200 in cash. The wallet, made by Vera Bradley, was valued at $45.

Tomatoes thrown at Lexus.
Tomatoes were thrown at a 2004 Lexus RX300 parked at Town Hall. The owner of the vehicle, a female resident of Darien, went to Town Hall around 2 p.m. When she returned to her car at 4 p.m., tomatoes had been splattered all over the hood. Police said they "do not believe it was a random act".

Thursday, Dec. 17

Norwalk man charged with DWI in Tokeneke.

Marco Gaona, 23, of Norwalk was charged with DWI, driving without a license and failure to drive right around 1 a.m. Gaona was traveling on Tokeneke Road by I-95 Exit 12. According to reports, Gaona crossed over the double yellow line twice and traveled completely into the other lane. Gaona allegedly failed a field sobriety test. He posted $200 bond and has a court date of Dec. 30.

Vandalism to a car on Spring Grove.
Vandalism to a 2008 Nissan Sentra was reported around 7:30 a.m. The car, which had been parked on Spring Grove Street, had the tires flattened. Either the air had been let out of the tires or they had been slashed. The vehicle was last observed intact around 1 a.m.

Man charged after taking his mom's credit card.
Christopher Pinto, 38, of Darien was charged with larceny in the sixth degree, credit card theft and illegal use of credit card. A warrant was issued for Pinto's arrest; the warrant stemmed from a complaint on Oct. 9. His mother alleged that Pinto had stolen her credit card from her purse. The credit card was used twice at Stop and Shop in Darien on Oct. 8. One of the charges was at 11:10 a.m. for $206.42 and the other charge was at 2:40 p.m. for $153.77. He was released on a promise to appear and has court date of Dec. 28.

Car window smashed at YMCA.
A motor vehicle burglary was reported from the parking lot of the Darien YMCA, 2420 Post Road. The passenger side window of a 2007 Jeep Patriot was smashed. A purse had been left on the passenger seat. The owner of the car parked at 7:30 p.m. and when she returned at 8 p.m., there was no damage to the car. Another member of the YMCA reported the incident at 8:40 pm. Nothing of value was inside the purse, according to police.

Panera Bread owner falls victim to credit card theft.
A wallet was reported missing from Panera Bread around 8:45 p.m. The owner, a female resident from Norwalk, went to Panera around 5 p.m. and hung her purse on the back of the chair under her coat. She said the only time her purse was unattended was when she went to pick up her order at the counter. Later that night, she received a call regarding fraudulent activity on her credit card. A purchase was made at Target in Stamford in the amount of $1000 around 6:45 p.m. The card was declined twice afterward at Target. A Fairfield County Bank card was also used fraudulently at Best Buy in Norwalk in the amount of $1377.99 and at Target in Stamford in the amount of $6.43 at 6:42 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18

Unlocked car stolen from Darien rail station.
A 2000 Audi A4 was reported stolen from the eastbound parking lot of the Darien train station. The car was originally parked at 4:45 a.m. on Dec. 16. When the owner returned at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, the car was gone. There were no signs of broken glass and "no indication" the car had been left unlocked.

[Editor's Note: This article was updated.]

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