Thieves on video, distracted driving, crashes and identity theft

MONROE, CT — Two homeowners shared surveillance camera footage of thieves trying door handles of vehicles early in the morning of April 16.

Just before 4:20 a.m., a dark sedan pulled up to a driveway on Turkey Roost Road, one person got out and tried door handles to cars in the driveway, police said, adding the video did not capture the license plate number.

Later that morning, a Far Horizon Drive man shared video with officers showing a vehicle pull up before 4:55 a.m. A White male wearing a black-and-gray hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers got out and attempted to enter vehicles.

Police said they could not see the make of the vehicle the male came out of.

Though the incidents occurred in a similar time frame, police could not determine whether it was by the same suspects.

Another Far Horizon resident told officers two unlocked vehicles were entered and rummaged through on his property sometime overnight, but nothing was taken. He did not wish to make a formal complaint.

Distracted driving, rollover crash

A 20-year-old Monroe man escaped injury following a rollover accident on Hattertown Road early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 12:34 a.m., he headed west in a blue 2019 Hyundai Elantra when he went off the road while negotiating a curb to his right, traveled into a ditch and struck a guide wire before his vehicle rolled over onto its driver’s side, according to the report.

The driver reportedly told police he was negotiating a right turn, but got distracted while using his cellphone and ran off the road to the right.

He was evaluated by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel, but refused a ride to the hospital, police said, adding he was issued an infraction for failure to drive in the established lane and distracted driving/improper use of a handheld device.

His Hyundai was towed by Bud’s Garage due to disabling damage.

The accident occurred in the 160-block of Hattertown Road.


Slowing traffic on Main Street led to a four-vehicle-accident Tuesday evening, when a 43-year-old Greenwich woman driving a 2006 Chrysler 300 struck a 2020 BMW X1 from behind, leading to a domino affect as the BMW struck a 2018 Hyundai, which rear-ended a 2022 Honda.

The Greenwich woman was evaluated by Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service personnel and taken to Bridgeport Hospital with “suspected minor injuries”, according to police.

She received an infraction for following too close.

The driver of the BMW, a 16-year-old juvenile female from Monroe, was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center with a “suspected minor injury”, the report said.

The driver of the Hyundai, a Bridgeport man, 26, and the driver of the Honda, a Bridgeport woman, 31, were not taken to a hospital, according to police.

The accident occurred around 5:38 p.m. Firefighters also responded to the emergency call.

Attempted myconneCT hack

A 32-year-old Monroe man told police he received mail from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services on April 2, informing him someone processed a request to access his myconneCT account, which gives access to an online portal and the ability to file individual business taxes, amend tax returns and make payments.

He contacted DRS because he did not make the request and a representative told him he was likely a victim of a fraud and informed him of the procedures he should take, according to the police complaint made Tuesday.

Police said he contacted the three major credit bureaus and the Social Security Administration to monitor his accounts. He had no financial loss at this time.

Catalytic converter stolen from work van

An employee of Alarms by Precision, 771 Main St., told officers a catalytic converter was stolen off his white 2018 Nissan work van, according to a complaint made Wednesday.

Police said the employee, 70, told them the van was parked at the end of the driveway to the business sometime in mid-March. It was running well back then, but when the employee started the engine on Wednesday it made a loud noise, leading to discovery of the theft, according to the report.

Police said there was no surveillance video footage or witnesses to the incident, so this is an inactive case pending further information.

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