MONROE, CT — Someone carved a swastika into the right arm rest of the oversized yellow chair by Great Hollow Lake, 454 Purdy Hill Road, according to an anonymous complaint made Saturday afternoon.
Police said the carving was two inches-by-two inches and appeared to be old damage, as the wood was weathered around it. Officers have no surveillance videos of the incident, nor a time frame of when it took place.
The Monroe Department of Public Works was contacted to remove the offensive carving, according to police.
Bank account opened in his name
A 53-year-old Monroe man told police someone fraudulently opened a checking account in his name, after he received mail from Key Bank on Saturday.
Police said he thought it was odd, because he had no accounts with the bank. When he opened the letter it showed a checking account with a bank statement and a zero balance in his name.
The victim called Key Bank and was informed that his Social Security number, email address and home address were used to open an account online and there was no activity since it was opened.
Police said criminals often use fraudulent bank accounts to cash stolen and washed checks.
The victim will contact the three major credit bureaus and the Social Security Administration about his compromised number. Because the incident was documented, police said he can cancel the account with Key Bank with no monetary loss at this time.
Fraudulent Walmart charges
A 38-year-old Monroe woman told officers five fraudulent charges totaling $379 were made to her Walmart account Saturday. She discovered the fraud after seeing charges she did not recognize on her mobile app.
Police said the victim reported the incident to Walmart and the company for her credit card connected to the account.
The fraudulent purchases were made online from the store in Shelton and two different addresses were given for the deliveries — one in Trumbull and one in Berlin, Conn. Police said the transactions were flagged as possible scams.
The victim did not suffer a financial loss and closed the card. The Monroe Police Detective Division is investigating the case.
RV hits gas pump
A 64-year-old Trumbull man stopped at the Noble gas station, 195 Monroe Turnpike, to fill the tank of his 2003 Horse Custom camper model w22 Sunday evening, then struck the pump as he left, knocking the hose off and rendering it inoperable, according to police.
At approximately 5:05 p.m., police officers spoke to the manager of the gas station/convenience store, who told them the accident occurred about half hour earlier.
Video surveillance showed the camper backing up, then going forward. As the driver tried to pull out past the pumps, the rear end of his vehicle hit a garbage can and the gas pump, the report said.
Police later identified the Trumbull man as the driver and he told officers he did not realize he hit the pump, but did observe scratches to his camper. He was issued a misdemeanor summons for evading responsibility.
An financial estimate for damage at the gas station was not yet given to police.
Two-vehicle-crash on Route 111
A 16-year-old Monroe female was given a written warning for failure to grant the right-of-way at an intersection following a two-vehicle-crash on Monroe Turnpike, near Spring Hill Road, Friday afternoon.
Both drivers were treated for minor injuries by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel, but declined trips to the hospital, according to police.
At approximately 12:26 p.m., police said the teenager drove a silver 2016 Chevy Volt south on Route 111. While approaching a green traffic light, she tried to make a left turn into a driveway in the 240-block, when her car was struck by a red 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 heading north, police said.
The teenager told officers she did not realize the truck also had a green light, according to police. The truck was driven by a 55-year-old Monroe man.
Both damaged vehicles were towed.
Crash into parked pickup truck
A 28-year-old Monroe woman was heading east on Jays Road, near Richards Drive, in a black 2018 BMW 320xi early Saturday morning, when she crashed into a red 2016 Chevy Silverado that was legally parked on the side of the street, in front of a residence, according to police.
The woman told officers she did not see the truck on the side of the road, police said.
She was not injured, but was issued a misdemeanor summons for failure to drive in the proper lane and failure to have minimum insurance, the report said.
Both vehicles were damaged. Police said the BMW was towed and the Chevy remained parked where it was, because the owner wished to make his own arrangements for repairs.
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