MONROE, CT — Two cleaning women denied stealing $2,000 cash from the dresser drawer in the bedroom of an Old Zoar Road customer Wednesday morning and consented to be searched by officers, according to police.
While the first one was being searched, an officer saw the second woman shove something down the front waistband of her pants, police said.
When it was her turn, officers reportedly noted the bulge in her pants and asked her to remove what was inside. She pulled out two bundles of $20 bills. Police said the cash was wrapped in the same way as other money in the drawer and when they counted it, it was exactly $2,000.
The 52-year-old Bridgeport woman was charged with fourth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court on June 30.
The next day, the homeowner, a 73-year-old Monroe man, told police his wife’s diamond ring with a gold band, which was kept in the same dresser, was also missing. Police questioned the cleaning lady, who said she had only taken the cash.
On the day of the theft, police said the cleaning women worked upstairs where the bedroom is, while the homeowner was downstairs. He told officers he had $4,000 cash in the drawer, which his wife didn’t even know existed, and the women were the only other people in the bedroom.
He called police while the women were still working at his house.
Dump truck is clotheslined
A dump truck operator told officers he was working at a construction site at 890 Main St. early Thursday morning, dumped and cleaned debris and forgot to lower the open-box bed before attempting to turn left onto Route 25.
Police said the vertically extended box bed struck an overhead high voltage secondary line and telecommunication lines affixed to a utility pole, lifting the truck and tipping it over onto its left side.
The accident occurred around 3:55 a.m. and the driver was trapped inside the cab of his truck until 4:38 a.m. when a crew from Eversource de-energized the wires, according to police, who said he was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with minor injuries.
The driver, a 39-year-old Naugatuck man, was issued an infraction for operating a motor vehicle with an unsecured load.
Hilario’s brought in a heavy duty tow truck to get the dump truck off the road. Police said the section of Main Street was closed for about three hours during the incident.
Police received two more complaints of fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday.
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