Mark Goncalves, 35, of Alice Street,Bridgeport, allegedly hid $143 in merchandise in his coat before leading Fairfield police on a car chase that resulted in damage to numerous vehicles. He was held in lieu of a $2,999 bond.
Police said Goncalves left the Walgreens at 740 Villa Ave. with the merchandise hidden on his person. He entered a car that had numerous violations attributed to it and subsequently engaged police in a pursuit during which he struck numerous vehicles.
Goncalves eventually stopped on Moody Avenue only to then accelerate and strike the right front side of an officer;s vehicle. Goncalves then ditched the car and tried to escape on foot.
Three officers chased Goncalves into the backyard of a Lynnbrook Avenue home and apprehended him just after midnight on Dec. 20.
Goncalves was charged with larceny in the sixth degree, interfering, engaging in pursuit and reckless driving, misuse of plates, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
There was no immediate word on a court date.
A woman on Black Rock Turnpike reported her purse was missing from her car on Dec. 18 at 11:37 a.m.
The vehicle was left in the driveway and there was no forced entry.
The black purse, a wallet and drivers license are missing.
Fairfield police are investigating a case of identity theft. A resident reported to the station on Dec. 19 that $300 had been withdrawn from his account.
Police said the incident seems to have occurred in Cos Cob.
A Fairfield woman may have been burned by mail thieves who stole two separately shipped Kindle Fires. Both items were sent from Amazon.com.
She reported on Dec. 19 at 2:05 p.m., that she purchased one of the electronic readers and it never arrived. Amazon sent her a replacement.
It also never arrived. Shipping information however indicated the packages had been delivered.
A third Kindle was delivered in a box without any markings to indicate what was inside. That attempt was successful.
Police said the woman has canceled her credit cards out of concern for fraud.
Motor vehicle accident
Some spilled water resulted in an accident that sent one driver to the St. Vincent’s Hospital on Dec. 19 at 5:18 p.m.
The driver of one vehicle was heading eastbound on Sasco Hill Road when she spilled her bottle of water. She then collided with the rear of another vehicle and caused moderate damage.
The driver of the second car was transported to the hospital after complaining of back pain.
Fairfield police are on the lookout for two suspected shoplifters after they stole three flat iron hair straighteners from Bed, Bath and Beyond, 2260 King’s Highway, on Dec. 18 at 6:20 p.m. The estimated value of the theft was $477.
Store personel told police a man walked out of the store carrying one of the hair straighteners. When the security alarm sounded he did not stop, nor did his female accomplice.
On investigation they discovered three of the items missing. Store security believes an employee had been distracted.
The male suspect is described as a balding white male, 35 to 40 years old, 6’2” tall and 250 pounds. The woman is white, brown or dark blonde hair, 5’2” tall and 120 pounds.
The couple got into an early 2000s model silver Nissan Altima. The license plate traced back to a grey Honda Civic in Westport.
Stolen Christmas presents
Christmas presents were stolen from a car on Wormwood Road in Fairfield. The vehicle’s owner reported the incident on Dec. 20, at 7:27 a.m.
The gifts were taken overnight while the car sat unlocked.