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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.

Definition:

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
 

BEST-POLICE-Patch-EVER-275x300DUI

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.

 

 

 

May 302014
 

BEST POLICE Patch EVERA message from Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo regarding the overnight vehicle incidents that Orange Live reported yesterday.
The Orange Police Department is investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles and a stolen motor vehicle which occurred during the evening and overnight hours of May 28th and 29th.
The incidents occurred in the Drummond Road and Fairlea Road neighborhoods.  Several vehicles were entered and miscellaneous items taken.
One vehicle, a 1999 silver Mercedes bearing Florida registration 478MBQ was stolen.  The ignition keys had been left in the vehicle.
Several area communities are experiencing similar incidents. Residents are urged to remove valuables and keys  from their vehicles  and lock them whenever unattended.
The Police Department is increasing patrols in the affected areas.

May 202014
 

 

The halls of Amity High School.

The halls of Amity High School.

From Amity Principal Charles Britton:

This morning, at around 9 a.m., Amity High School was placed in a lockdown.

This was only a drill. There was no emergency at Amity High School. This drill was called by the Woodbridge Police Department.

First responders from Woodbridge, Orange and the Connecticut State Police responded as if there were an actual emergency.

This drill provided first responders, and faculty and staff at Amity High School the opportunity to practice a response to a real emergency.

Students, faculty and staff performed remarkably well during the drill. Students are currently in their Spartan Seminar meetings.

The day has returned to normal.

Our appreciation is extended to the Woodbridge and Orange Police Departments, and Connecticut State Police, for their professional and prompt response.

Sincerely,

Charles Britton

May 132014
 

police carOrange Police are stepping up patrols after seven vehicles reportedly were entered in the overnight hours between Sunday and Monday.

Residents in the Andrew Lane, Kennedy Drive, Dogwood Lane and Cummings Road neighborhoods told police that someone had taken items from their parked cars. These items included a wallet, GPS units and spare change.

In addition someone stole a car from Racebrook Road in which the keys had been left. That vehicle was later located in West Haven.

According to Asst. Police Chief Anthony Cuozzo, Orange police have been communicating with other police departments and comparing notes, and Orange is not the only town experiencing these crimes of opportunity, similar reports have come out of North Haven, East Haven and Branford as well.

Included in the increased patrols is the use of the license plate reading patrol car that keeps a log of all the license plates and “Pings” on those that may be stolen, expired, or otherwise suspicious and the vehicle would be stopped.

“Again, we remind residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. No one knows your street as well as you do, so any vehicles or persons that seem out of place should be reported to the Orange Police at 203-891-2130 immediately,” Cuozzo said. “Also, lock your cars and keep any and all valuables out of sight.”

Even loose change in a cup holder is enough to attract a thief.

May 082014
 

Screen shot 2014-05-08 at 4.50.57 PMOn Tuesday, May 6, officers met with a resident who reported that a neighbor, Jan Marcus, 75, of 654 Aspen Lane, had threatened her after she stopped to talk to him about cleaning up after his dogs.
After the conversation about the matter, Marcus allegedly replied “Do you want me to shoot your (expletive) head off?”  With this, the complainant called police.
A records check revealed that  Marcus had eleven firearms registered to him.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Marcus, charging second-degree breach of peace and second-degree threatening.
Additionally, search warrants were secured for both the house and Marcus’ vehicle in an effort to locate the firearms.
On Wednesday, May 7, Aspen Lane was a flurry of police activity when officers from both the Patrol Division and the Investigative Services Unit conducted a surveillance of Marcus’ home. Officers observed Marcus leave the residence in his vehicle, conducted a traffic stop, and placed him under arrest without incident.
Officers responded to the residence and executed the search warrant for the weapons. Mr. Marcus was cooperative and provided officers with the location of the firearms in the residence. Milford Regional Animal Control assisted with the six dogs found in the residence.
Marcus was released on $25,000.00 bond with a court date of May 21 in Derby Superior Court.

 

May 062014
 

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

Thousands of prescription drugs and containers were properly disposed of after Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 26.

On Saturday, April 26, the town of Orange participated in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

This year’s event took place in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on the Boston Post Road.

Orange Police Officer Mike Kosh and several members of the Orange Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) were on hand to explain the program to anyone with questions or concerns and to keep an eye on the thousands of old, unused or unwanted prescription medications that were deposited until the DEA arrived to transport them to an incinerating facility in CT.

In 6 hours time, the crew had collected several large trash bags filled with doctors’ samples, items that family members gathered up from a deceased relative’s medicine cabinet, etc.

The Drug Take Back Day is a valuable recourse for a variety of reasons, including  the fact that it keeps prescription medications out of the wrong hands and protects the environment from contamination.