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Orange Police: Weapons Found on Shoplifting Suspect

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Jan 132017
 

 

Orange police responded to the Kohl’s store, 250 Bull Hill Lane on a shoplifting complaint Jan. 6 at 12:46 p.m.

During the investigation officers learned that Paul Riccio, 48, of West Haven selected a coffee machine valued at $280 from the shelf and removed it from its packaging. He then attempted to leave the store without paying for it. Store employees detained him for police.

Riccio was subsequently taken into custody, where officers found him in possession of two small knives after he indicated that he was not carrying any weapons.

Officers also served a warrant held by the Plainville Police Department for Violation of Probation while he was in custody for the Orange PD charges.

He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, possession of shoplifting tools, interfering with an officer and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Riccio was held on $1,000 bond for court Jan. 9.

Orange Police: Be Careful Out There

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Dec 162016
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300The Orange Police Department sent out the following message via Facebook. 

We are expecting the arrival of our first significant winter weather event after midnight tonight (Friday). We should see accumulating snow up through early Saturday with a change to rain mid morning Saturday.

You should expect extremely slippery conditions during the event.

Our Town and State Highway crews expect to be out all night. Travel should be kept to a minimum.

As always, do not leave plowed snow in the roadway. On street parking is prohibited and cars are subject to tow.

Orange Police: Man Charged With Identity Theft

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Nov 262016
 

screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-2-34-33-pmOfficers responded to a fraud complaint at the Verizon Wireless store, 116 Boston Post Road at 2:46 p.m. on Nov. 10.

During the investigation, officers learned that Wilson Cabezas, 47, of New York City had presented identification with his own photo, but another person’s name and information in an attempt to purchase two wireless phones using the other person’s account.

Store employees recognized the transaction as fraud and contacted police.

Cabezas was charged with second-degree identity thft, criminal impersonation, second-degree forgery and criminal attempt at fourth-degree larceny.

He was held on $50,000 bond

Officer Amarone, CERT Volunteers Brave Raw Weather to Collect Unwanted Drugs

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Oct 222016
 

dsc09754The Orange Police Department once again participated in “Drug Take Back Day” on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Officer Robert Amarone was at the CVS, 279 Boston Post Road along with members of the Orange CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) collecting unwanted prescription medications.

This year, they withstood freezing temperatures, sporadic rainfall and wind and collected only 2.5 bags of unwanted medications. (In past years, they’ve filled as many as 6 bags)

Background:

Many teenagers and young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or from their home medicine cabinets.

Prescription drugs pose dangers to children and others who may take them by accident or who may use them for abusive purposes. Expired drugs may have lost their effectiveness and therefore no longer be a safe and adequate treatment for the conditions for which they were prescribed.

In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed of in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.

All you have to do is bring your old prescriptions (bottles and all) to the drop off and place them in one of the containers. No one is allowed to touch or inspect the contents, so your privacy is guaranteed. The DEA officer will load a van with all of the bags and bring them to an undisclosed location where they will be incinerated.

Yes, folks, epi pens and old over the counter drugs also are accepted.

 

Orange Police: Stopped For Seatbelt Violation, Charged With Cocaine Possession

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Oct 122016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-12-at-4-27-08-pmOrange Police patrolling on the Boston Post Road observed a driver who was not wearing a seat belt on Oct. 7 at 5:17 p.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, officers learned that the New Haven Police had an active arrest warrant for the driver, later identified as Jacqueline Lipford, 50, of West Haven.  She was detained for New Haven police.

During the search pursuant to her custody, officers located a small bag of powdered cocaine in her purse. The drugs were seized and she was charged with possession of cocaine.

After the drug charges were processed, she was turned over to New Haven PD to answer their warrant.

Lipford was released after posting $500 bond for court Oct. 7.

Orange Police: Man With Gun Causes Disturbance at Kid Themed Restaurant

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Oct 112016
 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-11-20-12-pmOrange Police responded to the Chuck E Cheese restaurant, 82 Boston Post Road, on a disturbance complaint Sept. 24 at 10:10 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that restaurant employees were cleaning up tables in the dining area when they discovered a number of empty liquor bottles left on one of them.

The employees tried to stop the person who had been seated at that table, from driving away as they were concerned he may have been under the influence of alcohol.

When the restaurant employees approached him, Stephen Soares, 38, of New Haven, lifted his shirt to reveal a holstered handgun, and asked the employees “Who is going to do something?”

Officers seized the handgun, Soares was taken into custody and formally charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

He was released after posting $2,500 bond for court Oct. 11.

Sip and Chat With Orange’s Finest Today At Chip’s

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Oct 072016
 

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-11-55-12-amFor decades we’ve heard about how much police officers like their coffee, well now the Orange Police Department is providing residents with a unique opportunity to share a cup of joe with them.

On Friday, Oct. 7, the Orange Police welcome you to join them at Chip’s Family Restaurant, 321 Boston Post Road, for Coffee With a Cop, where you can meet the police officers who work in your community from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Talk about anything you’d like, and get to know these fine men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping you and your family safe every day.

Orange Police: Town Woman Charged With Disorderly Conduct

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Oct 052016
 

screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-12-57-29-pmOfficers responded to a private residence on Indian Hill Road in regard to a disturbance on Sept. 25 at 11:27 p.m. 

During the investigation, officers learned that Mayra Ojeda, 29, of Orange and another family member had gotten into an argument, which later turned physical.

Ojeda was subsequently taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct. 

She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 26.

 

Orange Police Alert: Be Aware Of Despicable Distraction Burglary Scammers

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Oct 052016
 

Bogus CallersPolice Alert:

The Orange Police Department is warning residents to be aware of potential distraction-type burglary suspects in the area.

An elderly resident on Mapledale Road reported that three males, possibly Hispanic, came to her residence in what was described as a ‘shiny, black, SUV-type vehicle’. Two of these people came to the door and introduced themselves as ‘George’ and ‘Jim’.

‘George’ and ‘Jim’ escorted the resident to the backyard, where they pointed out different repairs that they could make around the property. During this time, the third person was unaccounted for.

The third person later joined the original group in the backyard, and all three males left abruptly, even though the resident had agreed to hire them to do some of the work they suggested. They did not return.

It is suspected that these people were there to distract the resident while one of their group burglarized the house. It appears that they decided to leave before they committed any theft.

As always, please be cautious with anyone offering unsolicited services or requesting access to your home.

Do not hesitate to contact the police department at 203-891-2130 to report any suspicious people or vehicles in your area.

Orange Police: Man Was Sleeping In Idling Vehicle In Intersection

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Oct 022016
 

 

screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-3-11-06-pmOfficers responded to the intersection of Grassy Hill Road and Derby-Milford Road on Sept. 25 at 3:10 a.m. where they found Ralph Ruggiero, 32, of Hamden, asleep in his vehicle in the middle of the roadway.

Officers woke Ruggiero, placed the car in ‘Park’, and had him perform standardized roadside sobriety tests.

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving without a license.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Oct. 11.