Identity thief defrauds Monroe woman out of $5,000

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MONROE, CT — A local woman was defrauded out of $5,000, according to a police complaint reported Friday.

Police said she received a text alert from someone pretending to be from J.P. Morgan Chase’s Fraud Department. Asked if she had made a recent purchase, the woman texted back, saying she did not.

Then someone called her and talked her into making a wireless transfer for $5,000. After discovering it was a fraud, police said the victim closed her accounts. She was advised to contact the major credit bureaus and the Social Security Administration.

Police are investigating the incident.

DUI arrest

A Trumbull man was charged with DUI following a traffic stop on Main Street Saturday night.

Klement Kondratovich, 65, of Lindley Road, was also charged with failure to maintain his lane. He was released on $500 bond for an Aug. 2 court date.

At approximately 9:54 p.m. on Saturday, a police officer on patrol was driving south on Main Street when he saw a silver Honda CR-V cross over the solid white fog line, to the right, three times, according to the report.

The officer stopped the vehicle and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage while talking to the driver, identified as Kondratovich, police said, adding Kondratovich did not perform roadside sobriety tests to standard, leading to the charges.

Stolen mailbox

A Beach Tree Lane resident reported her mailbox stolen Sunday. Police said it was taken sometime overnight, adding the post was still intact.

Attempted break-in

An attempted break-in was reported on Hillside Drive on July 19.

Police said the homeowner noticed her garage door was damaged and hired a contractor to fix it. While assessing the damage, he told her it was consistent with an attempted break-in, so the woman called police, according to the report.

Entry was not gained and nothing was taken, police said.

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