Skittish at the bank drive-thru? Identity thief drives off

MONROE, CT — A woman using a stolen driver’s license and debit card attempted to cash a fraudulent $1,980 check at the People’s United Bank drive-thru at 401 Monroe Turnpike Wednesday afternoon, before a delay apparently made her nervous and she drove off, according to police.

Police said the teller had gone to the vault to get more money.

The bank still had possession of the debit card and driver’s license and police found it belonged to a woman whose vehicle was broken into in Windsor. Her purse, containing the debit card and license, was stolen, police said.

Burglary on Alpine Road

A residential daytime burglary was reported on Alpine Road Tuesday. A man came home to find his house had been broken into and ransacked, according to police.

An inventory is underway to determine if any belongings were stolen, police said, adding the incident is under investigation.

Police said the burglary, which was discovered around 6 p.m., occurred during the day Tuesday.

DUI on Elm

A 47-year-old Monroe man was charged with DUI following a one-vehicle-accident on Elm Street Wednesday afternoon.

A driver flagged down police officers at around 4:26 p.m. and reported seeing a vehicle spin out in the 600 block of Elm Street and crash on the grass, according to the report.

Officers then saw a vehicle heading north with heavy damage on the passenger side. During the ensuing traffic stop, they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath and noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy with pinpoint pupils, police said.

Field sobriety tests determined he was under the influence, police said.

He was charged with DUI, driving without insurance, evading responsibility, and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for an April 18 court date.

A bigger investigation

A Monroe woman received an email from Bank of America informing her that two fraudulent charges, for $2,648 each, were made with her credit card.

It was later discover that the incident is part of a larger case connected to a business in Bridgeport. The investigation is being conducted by the Monroe Police Department’s Detective Division.

Police said the victim was told to watch her account for fraudulent activity and to contact the major credit bureaus.

Catalytic converter thefts

Vazzy’s Osteria Romano, 415 Main St., reported the theft of two catalytic converters from its delivery vans Tuesday.

Police said the incident occurred sometime overnight, after employees went home Monday at 11 p.m. The thefts were discovered when they arrived for work at 11 the following morning.

The total estimated value for the catalytic converters is $700, police said.

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