Police Blotter: Gnomes Nowhere to Be Found

Officers also make a warrant arrest on a harassment charge.

The following information was provided by the Darien Police Department:

Monday, Aug. 23

MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Police responded to a string of motor vehicle burglaries in the area of Hillside Avenue Monday morning. In 18 separate cases, items in unlocked vehicles were rummaged through, but nothing of value was reported stolen. Residents of Miles Road, Anthony Lane, and Wilson Ridge Road were also affected. Police believe the burglaries took place between 9 p.m. on Sunday and 5:45 a.m. Monday.

Tuesday, Aug. 24

MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARY: An additional burglary believed to be connected to Monday's incidents was reported Tuesday, this one involving stolen valuables. A Stanton Road resident told police that his 2000 Chevrolet Silverado and 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer—both unlocked at the time of the theft—had been rummaged through sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday afternoon. An iPod, Blackberry cell phone, and wallet with $50 in cash were stolen, though other valuable items such as a radar detector and a second cell phone were left untouched.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

CREDIT CARD FRAUD: Billie Conley, 30, of Bridgeport was arrested for allegedly making $5,365 in fraudulent purchases on a Darien woman's credit card.

Read the full story here: Man Arrested for Charging $5K to Darienite's Card

LARCENY: Between 12 and 15 garden gnomes were reported stolen from a Catherine Street residence. The statues of elves, raccoons, and bears were last seen the evening of Aug. 17 and disappeared sometime in the overnight hours. The total value of the gnomes was estimated at $300.

Thursday, Aug. 28

HARASSMENT: Roseann Crescimanno, 43, of Island Park, N.Y. turned herself in to police after being notified of a warrant out for her arrest on a charge of second degree harassment.

On April 17 and April 23, police received two complaints from a friend of the suspect that Crescimanno had harassed her repeatedly by phone and mail. Despite a warning at that time that she would be subject to arrest if she attempted to contact the friend again, Crescimanno reportedly placed 13 calls to her between April 29 and May.

Crescimanno was released on a promised to appear in court Sept. 9.

Friday, Aug. 27

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL: Timothy Simpson, 21, of Stamford was arrested after a search of his residence initiated by an informant's tip turned up marijuana and related paraphernalia.

Read the full story here:

Saturday, Aug. 28

MARIJUANA POSSESSION: Peter Didonato, 18, of Stamford was arrested after a search of his car at St. John's Cemetery (25 Camp Ave.) reportedly turned up marijuana and related paraphernalia.

Police first came in contact with Didonato around 9:30 p.m. when they spotted his Volkswagen Jetta parked near the back of the cemetery with its headlights off but a dome light illuminated. As they approached the vehicle, officers also noticed a lighter ignite inside the cabin. 

When they arrived at the sedan, officers encountered Didonato along with a female and second male occupant. As they interviewed the trio, an officer spotted a plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana on the floor of the back seat, which the other male passenger was attempted to conceal with his foot. When Didonato was advised of the presence of the drug—0.4 ounces in all—he claimed ownership. A metal grinder with marijuana residue and a blunt next to Didonato's seat was also found.

Didonato was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 9.

Sunday, Aug. 29

MOTOR VEHICLE BURGLARY: The owner of a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder told police that a GPS unit valued at $30 was stolen from his vehicle while situated outside Giovanni's restaurant. The SUV had been placed in valet parking as the owner attended a wedding reception from 9 p.m. Saturday to 12:30 a.m. Sunday, at which point he noticed the item missing. The valets on hand told police they didn't know what had happened to the unit.

JohnReen September 16, 2010 at 09:12 AM
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