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A return to Canada? Man tries to sell jewelry to drivers in Stevenson

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MONROE, CT — Police received complaints about a man in a silver Chevrolet Suburban, who was stopping cars by Stevenson Dam on Route 34 Saturday evening and offering gold jewelry and diamonds in exchange for cash.

He reportedly told drivers he needed cash to return to Canada.

The man, described only as light skinned and well-dressed, was gone when officers arrived.

The incident occurred around 5:29 p.m.

Kia Forte stolen

The owner of a gray 2014 Kia Forte told officers it was locked and the keys were not left inside when it was stolen from the driveway of his Spring Hill Road home sometime overnight, according to a complaint filed Monday.

Police said cameras did not capture footage of the theft.

Stolen truck recovered in Philly

Philadelphia police officers recovered a 2005 Ford F250 Monday, which had been reported stolen from Nagy Brothers Construction Co., 550 Main St. in Monroe, on June 26.

On June 26, the business told police someone cut the lock on the gate to their yard sometime overnight and stole the truck, which had approximately $7,300 worth of tools and equipment inside.

On Monday, city police found the truck abandoned in a commercial parking lot in Philadelphia and made arrangements to return it to its owner. Information on whether any of the tools were recovered was unavailable Tuesday.

Church guitars not free to take

A 54-year-old Bridgeport man caught loading two guitars into his black Camry, after the instruments were temporarily placed on the sidewalk in front of Stepney Baptist Church, 423 Main St., Sunday morning, apologized profusely when confronted by church members.

Police said the man insisted he thought the guitars were left curbside for anyone interested in claiming it for free.

He gave back the guitars and left, heading south on Route 25.

Using his license plate number, police officers identified and contacted the man, warning him not to take property that does not belong to him.

The incident was reported at 8:54 a.m.

13 victims of unemployment benefits scam

Police received 13 complaints, between Friday and Monday, from residents victimized by a scam, in which someone fraudulently applied for unemployment benefits from the Connecticut Department of Labor using their names and information.

All the victims were advised to contact the three major credit bureaus, to monitor their financial accounts and to report the incidents to the Labor Department and the Social Security Administration.

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