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.

Public Disturbance

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.

Sep 292014

orange police duiOfficers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash along Route 34 near Dogwood Road on Sept. 20 at 1:29 a.m.

Investigation of the single-car accident led to the administration of standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Nopphadon Mungkhampha, 42, of 59 Prospect St, Ansonia

He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to drive in a proper lane.

Mungkhampha was released after posting $100 bond for court Oct. 3.

Sep 082014

Police Blotter Logo thx DavePOLICE WERE dispatched to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road on a reported shoplifting on Aug. 30 at 9:45 a.m.

Officers learned that Tony Hight, 32, of 111 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA, had entered the store and removed $462.37 worth of merchandise without paying.

Officers found Hight a short distance away, still carrying the stolen goods. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

He was held on bond for court Sept. 2.


OFFICERS RESPONDED to the Target store, 25 Boston Post Road, on a shoplifting complaint Aug. 30 at 2:24 p.m.

During the investigation, officers learned that Ali Abdullah, 45, of 160 Greenwood St. #2, New Haven had entered the store and removed the price stickers from low-priced merchandise, then placed those price stickers on higher-priced merchandise so he could pay the lesser amount.

According to police, Abdullah caused a total loss of $140.99 to the store by switching the labels.

He subsequently was taken into custody and charged with sixth-degree larceny.

He was released after posting $500 bond for court Sept. 10.




Aug 242014

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300Patrol officers reportedly observed a car without a tail light lit on the Boston Post Road Aug. 17 at 1:56 a.m.

Police stopped the car, and administered standardized roadside sobriety tests to Cecil Barnes-Dixon, 29, of 135 Tesiny Circle, Bridgeport

He was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to have tail lamps.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Sept. 2.

Aug 132014

police carAs Orange Live reported yesterday, police logged 8 home burglaries in the four month April-July time span.

Many people do not know the difference between a robbery and a burglary and residents often forget the basic prevention tips that Orange Police offer during high incidence times.


A burglary occurs when a person enters or remains in a home/building unlawfully with the intent to commit a crime. — It is a property crime.

A burglary is not “robbery,” which is a crime against a person. Burglary is a crime of opportunity.

Most burglaries occur during the daylight hours because most people are working or running errands. Entry is most often made through a front or back door. Glass is seldom broken, but will be if necessary.

The first goal in prevention is to reduce the opportunity.

Prevention Tips:

• Keep all doors and windows closed and securely fastened. An open window or door is an open invitation for burglars. Thieves also are quick to spot weak locks that may be easily forced open. Doors should have deadbolt locks with a one-inch throw and reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. All windows should have window locks.

• Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood in the track and install vertical bolts. These will help prevent burglars from forcing the door open or lifting it off the track.

• Always lock the door to an attached garage. Don’t rely on your automatic garage door opener for security.

• Update locks if necessary.

• Burglar alarms are not necessarily a deterent for the professional, but more for peace of mind. They can reduce the amount of time thieves are in your home, and they help to notify police of a problem.

• Keep shrubbery trimmed away from entrances and walkways. While large, ornate hedges may be beautiful, they also provide a hiding place for burglars who need only a minute to break in through a window or door.

• Secure your valuables in a home safe or lock box.

• Photograph your valuables and log their serial numbers.

• Apply a personal identification number, such as your driver’s license number on your valuables by engraving  or with a permanent marker.

Residents are asked to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious vehicles or activity to the Orange Police Department at 203-891-2130.

Aug 092014


On Aug. 2, patrol officers reportedly saw a vehicle drive through a red light on the Boston Post Road around 1:10 a.m.

Officers stopped the car and administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on Jose Pallo, 59, of 75 Smith St., Apt. 1, West Haven.

Pallo was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and failure to obey a traffic control signal.

He was released after posting $50 bond for court Aug. 18.

Aug 072014

orange police duiDUI Arrest

While on patrol on Derby Avenue, officers reportedly observed a vehicle pass them in the Westbound lanes while driving on a rim with no tire, July 28 at 1:28 a.m.

Upon stopping the vehicle, police administered standardized roadside sobriety tests on the driver, Jose Hernandez, 20, of 19 Summit St., #2, Waterbury.

Hernandez was subsequently taken into custody and charged with Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, driving and with a suspended license.

He was released after posting $250 bond for court Aug. 11.