Police Blotter: Missing iPhone, Stolen Cash

Feb. 1—7: A second chimney-scam attempt, two larceny incidents and a misdemeanor.

The following information was provided by the Darien Police Department:

Wednesday, Feb. 3

LARCENY: A Darien High School student reported a missing iPhone valued at $200. She told police that she last saw the phone before gym class that afternoon; her backpack didn't fit in the gym locker, she said. It wasn't until 2:15 p.m. on the bus ride home from school that she noticed her phone was missing. Police say no calls have been made on the phone.

ATTEMPTED CHIMNEY SCAM: Darien Police arrested two alleged chimney sweeps they say attempted to scam a 73-year-old Darien resident out of over $1,000 of unnecessary chimney repairs. In a sting conducted Wednesday afternoon, police say Christopher Cullen, age 30, and 20-year-old Thomas Musial of All City Chimney of West Babylon, N.Y., arrived at the victim's home for a "routine cleaning," and then attempted to sell expensive repairs that were not properly permitted. Cullen and Musial were arrested on a number of charges including Second Degree Larceny of a Victim Over 60. Cullen was held at the Darien Police Department on $25,000 bond; Musial on $125,000 bond.

Read the full story here: Two Arrested in Attempted Chimney Scam

Saturday, Feb. 6

MISDEMEANOR: Police issued a misdemeanor summons to a Norwalk mother who left her tween-aged daughter in the car while grocery shopping in Trader Joe's. The incident was first brought to a Trader Joe's employee's attention by a shopper who said she had noticed the nine-year old girl in the adjacent car when she first arrived at the store. She said she was surprised when, after a 25-minute shopping trip, the girl's guardian had yet to return. Worried that the young girl might be cold, she alerted a Trader Joe's employee. The employee walked to the side lot where the car had been left unlocked, keys in plain view, and asked the girl if she was okay; she said she was "cold and scared." Police say they arrived at the scene within five minutes of receiving the employee's report. The girl's mother received a misdemeanor summons and has a court date of Feb. 16.

Sunday, Feb. 7

LARCENY: David Morales, a twenty-year-old from Norwalk and former Roxy Video employee was charged with Sixth Degree Larceny after Darien Police obtained a warrant for his arrest. The arrest stems from a complaint filed Nov. 18 of last year, when Morales's former employer reported $200 was missing from the cash drawer on Halloween, and on two recent occasions, accounting had been off by $50. Police say that Roxy receipts show shortages on 11 occasions since Morales's start date of June 27 and termination on Nov. 1: a cumulative shortfall of $417. Morales was called down to the station for interview; he said he could not explain the missing cash. He was charged with Sixth Degree Larceny and has a court date of Feb. 18.


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