Police investigating two car break-ins

Fairfield police are investigating two car break-ins that occurred in the Stratfield area of town within minutes of each other.

According to the report, police responded to a report of a car break in on Rena Place on Nov. 5, at 2:15 a.m. A male caller told police that he saw a flashlight on by his car and then the interior lights of the car turn on. When he went outside to investigate, a flashlight left on in the car was left in the vehicle and $5 in loose change and a diver’s knife was taken from the center console. Additionally, two iPods, valued at $100 and $200, were taken from a Honda the man also owned.

Seventeen minutes after the first call, a second call to police from Toilsome Hill Road came in, reporting another car break-in. According to that report, the homeowner was awakened by his dog barking. A short time later, the alarm of his car parked in the garage began to sound. The owner went to the garage to investigate, where it was determined his car had been entered and the alarm likely scared off the intruder before anything could be taken.

A State Police K-9 was taken to both scenes, but no track could be found. Police are investigating.

 

Scams

A Cascade Drive resident reported to police on Nov. 5 that she was a victim of fraud.

According to the report, the woman received an email from American Express asking to verify a $7,000 purchase at an Apple store. The email also asked for the woman to verify personal information.

The woman then called American Express and was told that no purchase has been made on her account and they did not send the email. The woman could not remember if or any information was given to the fraudulent email.

Police are investigating.

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A 36-year-old woman from Bridgeport reported to Fairfield police that she had been a victim of fraud.

According to the report, the woman was recruited to be a “mystery shopper,” where she would go online make random purchases and then rank the stores.

A short time after doing the act, the woman received a check in the mail for $3,380 from Glenn Falls National Bank. The mail instructed the woman to deposit the check and purchase three Green Dot money cards for $1,000 each. She was then told she could keep the $380 left over for herself.

The check turned out to be bad and was rejected by the bank. The woman was advised by the Fairfield-based bank to report the incident to police.

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A Stillson Road resident reported to police on Nov. 5 that sometime between Oct. 20 and the time of the report, brass caps in a stone wall at the end of the driveway had been taken. The complainant valued each cap at $100.

 

Street fire

The Fairfield Fire Department responded to a fire in the middle of the road at the 200 block of Old Academy Road on Nov.. 5, at 9:42 a.m. By the time of arrival the fire was out and it was determined that the fire was started with a glass bottle filled with gasoline.

Fairfield police were asked to assist in the investigation and a witness told officers he saw a car drive down the road and the driver throw something out the window into a wooded area. A short time later flames could be seen.

Police said there has been a recent surge in vandalism in the area and believe that youths may be involved. The incident is under investigation.

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