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Monroe Police Reports: Weapons violation, assault, mail theft

MONROE, CT — A 42-year-old Monroe man, who was receiving medical treatment at his Laurel Drive home on Feb. 20, when it was learned he also had a gunshot wound to his upper leg, was served an arrest warrant at Bridgeport Superior Court Wednesday.

Police said he was already being held at the Connecticut Department of Corrections for a parole violation.

Monroe detectives served a warrant charging him with criminal possession of a firearm/ammunition and illegal sale, purchase and possession of a large capacity magazine. He was processed and held in the custody of judicial marshals for his arraignment.

When he was receiving medical treatment from Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel on Feb. 20, police officers found a backpack with multiple 17 round pistol magazines filled to capacity and another bag containing a box of ammunition in the man’s vehicle, police said, adding a firearm was never found.

The man told officers he knew nothing about the ammunition and he was uncooperative with the investigation into his gunshot wound, according to police.

Domestic disturbance

An elderly woman told police her 50-year-old son struck her in the face during an argument over finances at her Woody Crest Road home Tuesday evening.

The man was charged with two counts of violation of a protective order, in which he is supposed to stay away from his mother and another resident of the home, third-degree assault on an elderly person and third-degree criminal mischief.

He was unable to post his $50,000 bond and was arraigned at Bridgeport Superior Court the following morning.

Police were called to the house on Woody Crest Road at 5:38 p.m. EMS personnel treated the victim at the scene, but she did not have to be hospitalized for her injuries, police said.

Big check bounces

On Feb. 27, Pella Windows, 220 Monroe Turnpike, told officers a customer made a down payment for a purchase, before issuing a bad check for $17,000 for the remaining balance after the goods were shipped.

Police said the bad check did not come back to a verified account and the customer has since broken off contact with the business, ignoring calls and mailings.

A police investigation into the complaint is ongoing.

Mail theft

A 75-year-old Stanley Road woman told officers she placed an envelope containing a $60 check for a donation to the Animal Welfare Association inside her mailbox and put the flag up Wednesday morning. Then she went for a short walk, only to notice the flag was down when she got back and the envelope was gone.

She told officers her mail carrier comes in the afternoon on a regular basis, so she believes her mail was stolen.

The resident canceled payment of the check and is working with her bank to open a new account for safety reasons, police said, adding there was no monetary loss from the theft.

When sending money through the mail, police recommend using blue U.S. Postal Service mailboxes, rather than your personal mailbox. Officers also recommend writing checks with gel-tipped pens, which are harder for criminals to wash and change the recipients and amounts.

In another incident, a 35-year-old Pastors Walk man told officers he believes his mail might have been tampered with because one edge of the perforation on his tax document was ripped off and the other side was slightly ripped.

The document, which includes his tax information and the last four digits of his Social Security number, was still intact.

Surveillance video did not capture activity near the mailbox, so officers do not know if the mail was tampered with or accidentally damaged during delivery.

The resident attempted to contact the Social Security Administration, but was not able to speak to anyone. Officers advised him to call back, to contact the three major credit bureaus and to monitor his bank accounts.

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