Thief uses woman’s card to buy iPhone, tries to pick it up at her Monroe home

MONROE, CT — A High Ridge Drive woman noticed multiple fraudulent charges on her bank debit card, then received a notification about a package being delivered to her home by UPS on Tuesday. A package containing a fraudulently purchased iPhone 15 Pro was delivered later in the day.

At approximately 7 p.m., a stranger came to the woman’s door and told her he was there to pick up a package for his cousin that was mistakenly delivered to her address, police said. The woman asked for the cousin’s name and the name the man gave was hers.

She refused to give him the package and the man left in a red SUV, police said.

The fraudulent charges totaled $304 and the woman canceled her debit card. She was advised to notify the major credit bureaus and to monitor her credit.

Police said the incident is still under investigation.

Trespassing at Webb Mountain Park

Police officers patrolling Webb Mountain Park on Old Fish House Road after it closed for the day on May 3 noticed three unoccupied vehicles in the parking lot, before finding four young men sitting on lawn chairs several yards away, listening to music, smoking cigars and drinking Corona beer and tequila, according to the report.

One of them, a 20-year-old Stratford man, was in possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, police said, adding the park closed at 8 p.m., and it was around 9:22 p.m.

The Stratford man was charged with simple trespass, possession of a controlled substance and possession of alcohol by a minor and released on $500 bond for a May 20 court date.

His friends, two 20-  and one 19-year-old, all from Monroe, were issued infractions for possession of alcohol by a minor and simple trespass.

Kids Fishing Derby

The Monroe Police Kid’s Fishing Derby will be held this Saturday, May 11, at Great Hollow Lake, 454 Purdy Hill Road, from 6 to 9 a.m. Children can win prizes for their catches. No reservations are necessary.

The Sun’s Policy on Using Names in Police Reports

Before the internet, newspapers routinely published names in the police blotter. The arrestees would be embarrassed for a few days, before most people forgot about it. They served their penalty and could move on with their lives. The issue with the article was archived in a library and could become an issue again if someone researched it.

Since the internet, the arrestees’ names can be searched online and the article will always come up. Even if the arrest was long ago and they are leading better, more productive lives, the report always looms over them.

Because of this, The Sun only uses names of people in police reports for some of the more serious crimes and incidents: murder, brutal beatings, robberies, burglaries, car thefts, thefts of thousands of dollars or more, sexual assault, pedophilia and fatal crashes.

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