Jan 312015

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOfficers were dispatched to the Burlington Coat Factory, 80 Boston Post Road on a shoplifting complaint, Jan. 24 at 12:18 p.m.

According to the report, Radames Marrero-Garcia, 37, of 104 Hallock Ave., New Haven, was accused of taking $459.77 worth of clothing, watches and cologne from the store without paying. He reportedly ran away when store security confronted him, but officers found him nearby and took him into custody.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device.

During the investigation, officers learned that Marrero-Garcia also was wanted on a warrant from the Farmington Police Department, which was served after his Orange arrest.

He was released after posting $1,000 bond for court Feb. 9. 

Jan 222015

police carThe Orange Police Department responded to three shed burglaries over the holiday weekend.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, officers received complaints from two different residents on South Greenbrier Drive that their sheds had been forcibly entered and tools were missing.

On Monday, Jan. 19, a resident on High Ridge Road reported that his shed was entered along with a storage trailer parked next to the shed. He also lost a number of tools to the perpetrator(s).

Residents are reminded to lock up any valuable items left outside and call police if they notice any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Residents should take inventory of valuable items in sheds and garages. Photograph the item and record purchase dates and serial numbers. Marking tools with a personal identifier, such as engraved drivers license number, will help in locating the owner of recovered property.

Jan 172015

handcuffsOrange police responded to a shoplifting complaint at Kohl’s, 250 Bull Hill Lane, Jan. 2 at 8:09 p.m. at which the suspect was in custody in the security office.

According to the report, Sky Winwood, 27, of 323 Washington Ave., West Haven, was accused of taking $366 worth of clothing and perfume into the fitting room where she allegedly removed all the sales tags and then hid the items in a baby stroller carrying her son.

Police learned that Winwood then left the store without attempting to pay for any of the merchandise and was stopped by store security personnel.

Winwood was detained for police and subsequently taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor.

While officers were handling Sky Winwood’s shoplifting incident, they learned that her twin sister, Free Winwood, same age and address, was in the store attempting to get a refund for a pair of jeans that she hadn’t paid for.

Police found Free at the customer service desk just after receiving the refund.

She reportedly admitted that she had stolen the jeans, and was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

The sisters were released on promises to appear in court Jan. 16.

Dec 102014

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePolice responded to a theft complaint at the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, 82 Boston Post Road on Nov. 29 at 7:14 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that a restaurant patron had her purse stolen inside the restaurant, and that her credit cards were then used inside the restaurant.

Officers viewed video showing Zhane Flynn, 18, of 310 Putnam Ave, Hamden, using the complainant’s credit cards to purchase tokens for the video games inside the restaurant.

Flynn was subsequently taken into custody and charged with two counts of credit card theft, two counts of illegal use of a credit card, second-degree identity theft and sixth-degree larceny. 

She was released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 12.

It was later determined that Flynn also was wanted by the New Haven Police, and she was turned over to their custody.


Nov 272014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300On Nov. 25 at 6:07 p.m., Antoine Heath, 28, of 265 Blake St., #28, New Haven surrendered himself at police headquarters after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The warrant was the culmination of an investigation that began after one of Heath’s relatives reported that she had been assaulted by him in the parking lot of a local restaurant on Oct. 25, 2014.

Heath was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

He was released after posting $15,000 bond for court Nov. 26.

Nov 232014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveOrange police patrolling the Boston Post Road observed a vehicle weaving in and out of traffic on Nov. 9 at 9:05 p.m., with a license plate covered by a plastic bag.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers reportedly saw a knife in the driver’s side door pocket.

Police secured the knife and later found a facsimile firearm in the glove box.

The driver,David Pulcinella, 43, of 97 Bull Hill Lane, West Haven, was subsequently taken into custody and charged with carrying weapons in a motor vehicle, failure to carry insurance, reckless driving, driving with a suspended registration, and failure to display a license plate.

He was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 24.

Nov 182014

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On Friday, Nov. 7, at around 10:30 a.m., an unknown male assaulted a 73 year old man at Target, 25 Boston Post Road.

According to police, the unprovoked assault occurred inside the store as the victim approached pharmacy counter where the assailant walked up from behind him and shoved him, causing the victim to fall forward to the floor and injure his knee.

A store employee attempted to follow the suspect after the assault, but lost sight of him outside in the parking lot.

The incident was captured on surveillance video.  Orange Police have so far been unable to identify the suspect and are seeking the public’s help in identifying him.

He is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30 years old, of average height and a stocky build.  He was wearing a thin beard, gray baseball cap and workout attire.  A still photo shows the suspect leaving the store.

Anyone recognizing the suspect or who may have witnessed the assault is asked to contact Officer Rob Cafaro at 203-891-2130.

Nov 092014


A young Robert Cole being sworn in. He is now a Lt.

A young Robert Cole being sworn in. He is now a Lt.

Twenty years ago, on Nov. 7, 1994, the Orange Police Department welcomed three new officers to the ranks.

Each of these officers has served the Police Department and the citizens of the Town of Orange well over the past two decades. We’ve grown accustomed to their faces, and watched them grow into fine, respected members of the department.

The photos accompanying this story show each of them being sworn in by Past Police Commissioner Joe Cuzzocreo.

Pictured here is current Lieutenant Robert Cole (top photo), current Sergeant Jose Taverner (below, left), and current Detective Michael Morrin (below, right)


Oct 262014

BEST POLICE Patch EVERAt 9:04 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24th, officers responded to a residence on Hyland Terrace on the report of a forced residential burglary. 

According to police, the elderly resident had been in her bedroom watching television and dozing off when at about 9 p.m. she noticed a male in a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up covering his head enter her bedroom and take her jewelry box off of her dresser and walk out.  The only light in the room was from the TV, but she described the burglar as about 5’10” and 200 lbs and said that he had his back to her while he was in the bedroom. She called 911 and police responded.

Officers found that the point of entry was a sun room window which had been pried open, then more pry marks on the door leading from the sun room to the interior.  The homeowner didn’t hear or notice anything until she saw the suspect in the bedroom. There was no interaction between the suspect and the homeowner

A canine from Seymour Police Department responded and tracked twice with negative results.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood late Friday and returned Saturday to talk with neighbors.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Petrucelli at 203-891-2138

Residents are reminded to leave an exterior light on and to be sure all doors and windows are locked before going to bed.  Residents should not hesitate to report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Oct 202014

Police Blotter Logo thx DaveShopping Cart Rage

Orange Police served a warrant against Laura Durkin, 53, of 2240 Park Avenue, Bridgeport on Oct. 8 at 11:09 a.m. after she surrendered herself at Police Headquarters.

According to the report, the warrant stemmed from a July 27 incident in the parking lot of the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road.

Investigation revealed that Durkin had gotten into an altercation with another shopper and proceeded to strike the other person’s car twice with a shopping cart, causing $4,453 in damage to the vehicle.

A warrant, charging criminal mischief was issued for Durkin’s arrest.

She was released on a promise to appear in court Oct. 22.

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Officers responded to a disturbance complaint at a restaurant at 350 Boston Post Road on Oct. 13 at 1:26 p.m.

During the investigation, police learned that the complainant and a friend were having lunch inside the restaurant when Mike Molleur, 47, of 103 Ford Road, Woodbridge, a family member of the complainant began shouting at her and caused a scene.

According to the report, Molleur was located a short time later, taken into custody and charged with second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting $100 bond, and given a court date Oct. 27.

Police said no one was injured during the incident.