Purse stolen in Trumbull winds up in a Dumpster in Monroe

MONROE, CT — A Purdy Hill Bakery & Deli employee told police she found a purse inside the Dumpster of the business at 162 Purdy Hill Road early Monday morning. The black and brown purse contained a wallet with a passport and personal papers, according to the report.

A police investigation determined the purse belonged to a Monroe woman who reported it stolen from her vehicle after a window was smashed, while it was parked outside the YMCA in Trumbull.

The victim told police she immediately canceled all of her credit cards and that the wallet had no cash.

Police returned the purse to the victim and shared information with the Trumbull Police Department, which is investigating the theft.

Waking up to a DUI

A 40-year-old Bridgeport man woke up to a DUI after falling asleep at the wheel of his 2020 Honda Accord, while parked in the Clock Tower Square parking lot at 3:53 a.m., with his foot on the brake pedal, the headlights on and the engine running, according to police.

Police said an officer knocked on the window a few times to wake the driver up, adding the man said he had stopped to make a phone call. The driver appeared confused, had bloodshot, glossy eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person, the report said.

His performance on field sobriety tests were not to standard, police said. He was charged and released after posting 10 percent of the $500 bond. The driver is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20.

Jeep vs. tree

A 23-year-old Shelton man escaped injury after losing control of his 2005 Jeep Liberty on a patch of ice and slamming into a tree on the right side of East Village Road early Monday morning.

Officers responded to the accident around 7:28 a.m. The driver told them he was traveling about 30 mph, when he lost control of the Jeep. There was substantial front-end damage to the vehicle, which had to be towed, police said.

Police issued a warning to the driver for driving too fast for conditions.

Credit card fraud

A Park View Lane couple reported false charges on their American Express credit card Sunday. Police said a $350.94 charge was made at Best Buy and a $379.52 charge at Fanatics.

American Express canceled the card and did not bill the victims for those charges. The Monroe Police Detective Division and the credit card company are investigating the fraud.

The victims were advised to contact the three major credit bureaus and to monitor their accounts.

Unemployment fraud

Police received two reports of fraudulent unemployment benefits claims over the weekend.

A 59-year-old Rockview Circle woman told police someone filed a fraudulent unemployment claim under her maiden name, which she stopped using seven years ago, according to a complaint filed Friday.

She received a notification letter from the Connecticut Department of Labor on Nov. 18, though she’s currently employed, police said.

On Sunday, a 36-year-old Glen Hollow Drive woman told police someone filed a fraudulent unemployment claim in her name. Police said she learned about it from her employer.

In both cases, the victims were advised to notify the three major credit bureaus, banks they do business with and the Social Security Administration.

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