MONROE, CT — Aquarion Water Co.’s director of customer service told police a male caller with a Middle Eastern accent, claiming to be a former employee, said, “you shouldn’t have fired me,” before telling her he placed bombs at the company’s building at 200 Monroe Turnpike, as well as its two buildings in Bridgeport Wednesday afternoon.
The Monroe building was evacuated and police officers began clearing the building with assistance from the Stamford Police Bomb Squad and its K-9 units. Monroe firefighters were on standby.
“No suspicious packages were found,” Monroe Police Lt. Michael Sweeney said Friday. “The building was deemed secure.”
Nothing reportedly was found in the Bridgeport buildings either.
The customer service director told officers she did not recognize the voice of the man who called in the bomb threats. Police were called at approximately 12:24 p.m.
“There is currently an active investigation for the town building,” Sweeney said.
Investigation into stolen packages
A Beardsley Drive man, 73, told police he found four packages in the roadway, in front of a curb outside his home Tuesday afternoon. At first, he thought it was for him, until he noticed everything had been opened and emptied, and other people’s names and addresses were on the packages.
Police said all of the packages were from Amazon. Three were supposed to be delivered to Monroe addresses on Elaine Drive, Cross Hill Road and Maplewood Drive. The fourth address was for a residence on Ballaro Drive in Shelton.
The Beardsley Drive resident told officers he did not see or hear anything suspicious overnight nor did he see the packages being dropped off in front of his house. Police said there was no surveillance footage in the area.
Officers investigating the incident followed up with the residents of the other addresses, police said.
Stolen Land Rover
A couple on Chalk Hill Road reported their blue 2018 Land Rover stolen Thursday from their driveway. The theft occurred sometime overnight.
Police said a small brown backpack inside the vehicle contained a key fob, a remote control for the garage, and the woman’s wallet, which held several credit and debit cards.
A neighborhood canvas yielded negative results for digital or video surveillance.
Earlier in the morning, police responded to the report of two Black males entering a resident’s vehicle on Canterbury Lane, approximately three-and-a-half miles away from Chalk Hill Road, though officers do not know if it was related to the theft of the Land Rover, according to the report.
The Chalk Hill Road couple was advised to freeze their credit and debit card accounts and to disconnect their garage door from the opener, which they did, police said.
The case was referred to the Monroe Police Department’s Detective Division.
Police said nothing was taken from the vehicle that was entered on Canterbury Lane.
Thieves flee in white SUV
Police responded to the report of two kids going through vehicles in Monroe Congregational Church’s parking lot at 34 Church St. Wednesday night. The suspects fled the scene in a small, white SUV, heading north on Fan Hill Road, according to the report.
A police officer saw the SUV and another vehicle speeding toward Newtown, but by the time the officer turned the patrol vehicle around, both vehicles were too far away to pursue.
Monroe police notified the Newtown Police Department to be on the lookout for the suspects.
The incident occurred around 7:52 p.m. Officers told parents inside the church to check their vehicles and report back to police with any issues.
One man said his vehicle had been gone through. The glove compartment had been opened, though nothing was taken.
In another incident, a Pamela Drive woman told police her car was entered between 6:30 and 10 p.m. and $25 was taken. But she did not want to make a formal complaint.
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