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Police Blotter for Feb. 21: Relative Arrested for Tricking Homeowner Before Burglary

Relative Arrested in Burglary Trick Last Month; Copper Stolen From House Destroyed by Fire; Report of Suspicious Man in Supermarket Ends in Arrest; DUI Arrest; Jewelry Stolen From Home; Box Stolen From Porch; Electronics Stolen From Townhouse

The Fairfield Police Department's press briefing on Monday included the following cases. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

A Danbury man accused of tricking a Fairfield woman into leaving her Barry Scott Drive house so he could burglarize it last month was arrested on a warrant Friday.

On Jan. 3, the homeowner received a call that her husband, who is in a nursing home, had been taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport and that she should go there immediately. The woman assumed the caller was from the nursing home, and she went to the hospital in Bridgeport, but was told her husband was not there, police said.

When she returned home, she discovered the window on a basement door had been broken and jewelry had been stolen, police said.

The homeowner’s nephew, Trevor Travis, 26, of Cowperthwaite Street in Danbury, was charged with third-degree burglary, second-degree larceny and second-degree harassment. His bond was set at $25,000 and he was scheduled to appear Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Copper trim was reported stolen from a house that was destroyed by fire on Feb. 13.

Police said Frank Poli, of 323 Warner Hill Road, reported at 10:35 a.m. Friday that the copper trim had been stolen from a detached garage adjacent to his home, which was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 13.

Police said Poli reported that a board had been removed from the back door of the garage and that copper framing from an 8-foot by 1-foot flower box had been stolen, along with copper from the chimney and copper piping from a heating system. Poli noticed the theft Feb. Thursday, and believes the items were stolen sometime between Feb. 14 and Wednesday, police said. A value on the stolen copper was not available.

“As if he hasn’t suffered the total loss and devastation of his home and belongings, now someone attempts to steal from him,” said Police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier, a department spokesman. She advised neighbors to report any suspicious vehicles that may have visited the property in recent days.

A Stratford man was arrested Friday on drug charges after security officers at Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff in Fairfield reported two suspicious people in the store.

Security notified police about the suspicious men at 12:30 p.m. One of the men left in a red Jeep, while the other, Eric Falcon, 31, of Hillside Avenue in Stratford, fled on foot and was apprehended across the street, police said.

Falcon’s car was in the supermarket's parking lot, and, inside the car, officers found a knife with an 8 ¼” blade and a glass pipe, commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, with burnt residue.

Falcon was charged with having weapons in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was charged with having an unregistered motor vehicle and failure to return plates, police said.

Bond was initially set at $2,500 and was then dropped by the state bail commissioner on Falcon’s promise to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on March 1, police said.

A Fairfield motorist was arrested early Saturday on a charge of driving under the influence after officers pulled over the car he was driving by the intersection of Kings Highway West and Southport Woods Road in Fairfield's Southport neighborhood because one of its headlights was out.

Police said officers pulled over Christopher Brocar, 37, whose address was not available, about 1:32 a.m. and detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Brocar’s breath and that he had bloodshot eyes. Brocar admitted to drinking a beer earlier in the evening, police said.

Brocar failed sobriety tests, police said.

Brocar was released on $100 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Feb. 28, police said.

Jewelry valued at $2,600 was reported stolen from a house on Hurd Street in Fairfield about a month ago. The theft was reported to police at 5:08 p.m. Friday.

Police said the homeowner guessed that the jewelry, which included a diamond and garnet gold necklace valued at $2,000 and two sets of pearl and diamond earrings valued at $300 each had been stolen from a jewelry box on top of a bedroom dresser.

The homeowner suspected that her son may have taken the jewelry and did not want further police action, police said.

A box containing vests valued at $650 was reported stolen from the front porch of a house on Parkwood Road in Fairfield sometime between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday. The theft was reported to police at 9:54 a.m. Saturday.

A 33-inch flatscreen TV, valued at $1,200 value, an X-box valued at $300, 15 assorted computer games, valued at $50 each, and an iPod Touch, valued at $300 were all reported stolen from a townhouse on Fairfield University's campus. The theft was reported to police at 12:17 p.m. Saturday, and the front door had been left unlocked, police said.

A Bridgeport man accused of fleeing from an accident on Lynbrook Road in Fairfield on Nov. 14 was charged Friday in an arrest warrant with unsafe backing and evading responsibility.

Erick Kuczo, 22, of Harlem Avenue, backed into another vehicle and left the scene. He turned himself in at the Fairfield Police Department after learning there was a warrant for his arrest, police said. Information on his bond and court date was not available.

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