Police: Monroe theft may be connected to thieves seen in Newtown

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MONROE, CT — Police believe a theft from a vehicle on Beech Tree Lane is connected to reports of young men in ski masks and dark clothes seen entering garages in Newtown Saturday night.

A man told police he was staying at his parents’ home on Beech Tree Lane and using the pool with friends around 4 p.m. Saturday. Newtown police called him at 9 p.m. to inform him his wallet was found on the side of Route 25, according to the report.

Police said the victim immediately checked his 2018 Subaru Impreza and confirmed the wallet was gone, though nothing else was missing. A friend’s vehicle was also entered and rummaged through, though nothing appeared to be missing, police said.

A Ring video camera was too far away to capture cars driving by and a neighborhood canvas by officers yielded negative results, police said.

The only items inside the victim’s wallet were his driver’s license and an insurance card, police said, adding credit cards and $80 cash was missing. Two attempts were made to make purchases using one of the stolen cards, according to the report.

The Monroe Police Department’s Detective Division is investigating the incident.

Domestic incident, narcotics charges

A 43-year-old Monroe man, charged with violating a protective order during a domestic incident on Kimberly Drive Monday, also faces narcotics charges.

At approximately 4:11 p.m., officers responded to a call about a man who was out of control on the property and possibly under the influence of narcotics. Police learned there was a protective order to stay away from the owner of the house and made an arrest.

The man was also charged with disorderly conduct. During the arrest, he asked officers to go back to the residence to retrieve his wallet and cellphone from the center console of his car in the garage, police said.

The car was locked and officers were told the keys were in a green backpack in the garage. The homeowner told officers the bag was the arrestees.

While looking for the keys, police said a black sunglasses case was in plain view and it contained two small bags of a crystal-like substance, two capped medical needles and two glass pipes.

Police said the man admitted the substance was likely meth, and it later tested positive for methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance first offense and use of drug paraphernalia.

He was released on a promise to appear in court for the drug charges and on $1,000 bond for the violation of a protective order and disorderly conduct charges. He was arraigned in court on Tuesday.

Crash on High Rock Road

A 69-year-old Newtown woman escaped injury after losing control of her Honda CRV and hitting the inside wall of a bridge on High Rock Road Saturday afternoon.

She told officers she believes she blew a tire out, before losing control of her vehicle. Police said there was minor damage to the Honda and the driver refused a trip to the hospital.

The crash occurred around 12:35 p.m.

Vandalism

A request was made for additional police patrols of the cell tower behind St. John’s Cemetery on Moose Hill Road Friday, after lawn damage was made by someone doing donuts in the field Thursday night.

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