MONROE, CT — A dog walker arriving at a customer’s home on Windgate Circle Monday afternoon noticed forced entry was made to the house and it had been ransacked, according to police.
Police said an inventory is currently underway to determine what was stolen during the daytime burglary, which was reported at 1:12 p.m.
Officers canvassed the neighborhood and no other houses were broken into, police said.
Hartford man charged with fraud
A 50-year-old Hartford man fraudulently cashed checks in a Monroe woman’s name for a total of $930, according to police. Orange police arrested him on a warrant for the crime on April 17 and turned him over to Monroe on its charges.
He was charged with second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny, possession of a personal ID information device and second-degree forgery. Bond was set at $15,000 and he was scheduled to appear in court the next day.
The Monroe resident reported the fraudulent checks on Feb. 8 after being notified by a representative of Webster Bank that checks were cashed at its Milford, Orange and Stratford branches.
Based on copies of photo IDs and surveillance video, police identified the suspect and two other suspects in the thefts, according to the report.
Stolen catalytic converter
A Big Y employee told police the catalytic converter was stolen off her older model Honda Accord, while she worked an 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shift at the store at 535 Monroe Turnpike Monday, according to a complaint made Wednesday.
Police said the employee discovered the part was missing when her car made loud noises, while the engine was running.
Police encourage anyone who sees something suspicious, such as someone with tools crawling under vehicles in a parking lot, to call them.
Vandalism at Wolfe Park
A Parks and Recreation Department employee reported a vandalism and possible attempted burglary of a storage shed at Wolfe Park Thursday.
Police said he noticed the doors to a shed by the overflow parking lot were ajar and that the lock had been broken. However, nothing was reported missing.
The incident occurred sometime between 3:30 pm. on Wednesday and the same time on Thursday.