Crime and Punishment: Man Tries to Break Up Fight, Gets Slashed with Box Cutter

A Walk in the Park
The East Hampton Police Department arrested a 20-year-old Moodus man for allegedly breaking into a car at a public parking lot and stealing from it. The arrest is part of a larger investigation by the department into a series of thefts from state parks and the Airline Trail in East Hampton, according to department spokesperson Sgt. Garritt Kelly.

The suspect, who was allegedly witnessed committing the crime and caught by an East Hartford police officer, is being held on $25,000 bond. He was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and third-degree criminal mischief.

Kelly stated that while thefts from empty cars in parking lots at state parks and the trail have happened before, these incidents have increased during the last two months. There have been about 30 incidents recently, he said.

"There are a couple of different suspects," he said. "The investigation is still ongoing."

The department is conducting the investigation in cooperation with the Colchester Police Department, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Connecticut State Police.

Context and Grenades
Police arrested a 64-year-old Deep River man after allegedly telling an employee of the Connecticut State Employee Credit Union's Hartford branch office that he would bring two grenades and a gun to the Middletown office during a June 28 phone conversation, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. The suspect later clarified that he was referring to someone who was fraudulently using his credit card

The suspect spoke with the employee about the card problem. When an employee suggested he go to the Middletown branch for more help, he stated he would bring the weapons. Police later seized three firearms from his home.

Police charged the suspect with breach of peace and threatening. He is being held on $25,000 bail.

You Can't Win if You Don't Pay for Your Tickets
The Milford Police Department is seeking two men who allegedly stole cash from a local supermarket using a distraction ruse, according to a June 28 article in the Hartford Courant.

One of the two men, who were each described as middle-aged Hispanic males, bought a $20 lottery ticket from the cashier but paid only $8 before leaving. When the cashier went outside to get the balance from the suspect, the other allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. Police believe the pair have used similar tactics at other stores.

From the Mouths of Babes
The Hartford Police Department is investigating a June 30 robbery in which a man and his 1-year-old child were allegedly the victims, according to an article in the Hartford Courant.

The adult victim urged a police car to pull over at 10:20 p.m. and told officers he had been robbed. He placed his son in his car when two men approached the car from the other side. One of the suspects pulled the man from his car, stuck a gun in his face, threw him on the ground and went through his pockets. The other suspect stole the baby's bag.

A Slash on the Hand
An unidentified man received a slash across the hand with a box cutter when he tried to break up a fight between a 25-year-old Middletown man and his ex-girlfriend, according to a June 30 article in the Hartford Courant. The man was admitted to Middlesex Hospital with an 8-inch cut on his hand and had to receive stitches. He received the injury at 11:30 p.m. on Green Street.

Police have a warrant out for the cutter, who has been charged with second-degree assault and third-degree assault.