Monroe Police: Copper pipes, scrap metal stolen in residential burglary

MONROE, CT — A tenant at a residence on Turkey Roost Road told the landlord the water in his bathroom wasn’t working Saturday, so the landlord called a plumber on Monday. That’s how he learned a burglary had taken place sometime over the weekend, according to police.

The plumber told the homeowner someone had cut the copper pipes in the basement.

Through their investigation, officers determined entry to the basement was made through unlocked Bilco doors. In addition to 20 feet of copper pipe that was cut and stolen, an old motor and another 30 feet of copper pipes and scrap metal were gone, police said.

The estimated value of the metal is just under $500. No value was given for the old motor.

The Monroe Police Detective Division is investigating the burglary.

Identity theft case

A 61-year-old Monroe man received a credit card statement of just over $2,000 from Bank of America, even though he had no accounts with the bank, according to police.

Bank of America told him he would not be responsible for the 12 charges, 11 made in Connecticut and one in Pennsylvania. The victim was advised to file a report with the three major credit bureaus.

The incident is being investigated by the Monroe Detective Division.

Accident leads to misdemeanor summons

A 31-year-old Stratford man was cited for several motor vehicle violations after a one-vehicle-accident on Hattertown Road Saturday night.

Police said he was heading north in a 2007 Toyota Highlander at approximately 9:11 p.m., when he lost control on a curve near Guinea Road amid wet conditions, and crossed over the double yellow center line and the south lane before his vehicle came to rest off the road.

The Toyota, which sustained front end and underbody damage, had to be towed.

The driver was issued a misdemeanor summons for misuse of plates, driving without insurance, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and traveling too fast for conditions.

Crash into a tree

A driver escaped injury after crashing his 2013 Chevy Malibu into a tree off Cold Spring Road early Sunday morning, but was issued an infraction for traveling too fast for conditions.

At around 12:18 a.m., Police said the 20-year-old Derby man was heading north, near Blake Road, when he lost control on a curve, went off the road and struck the tree. The road surface was wet from a recent rain shower, according to the report.

Monroe Emergency Medical Service personnel evaluated the driver and his passenger, but both declined trips to the hospital for further treatment, police said. Firefighters also responded to the scene.

The damaged Chevy was towed.

Scammer has photos of Social Security card, license

A 22-year-old Monroe man received an anonymous text with photos of his Social Security card and driver’s license, according to a police complaint made on Monday. The man did not give out any money or further information to the texter.

He told police he believes someone hacked his email in 2022, because that’s the year he had emailed himself the photos.

Police said no financial loss was found at the time. A trace of the phone number went to an account in Burnet, Texas.

The victim was advised to contact the Social Security Administration, check his financial accounts for fraudulent activity, contact the three major credit bureaus and to put freezes on his accounts.

Unemployment scam

A 36-year-old Monroe man reported a fraudulent Connecticut Department of Labor claim for unemployment benefits made in his name Friday.

He told police he contacted his employer, making the business aware of the false claim, and called the Labor Department, which confirmed it was a scam.

He was advised to contact the Social Security Administration and the three major credit bureaus about the incident. Police said there was no monetary loss.

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