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New Canaan has arrest warrant for West Haven candidate

Published 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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A former New Canaan Chase Bank employee and incumbent West Haven city council candidate is wanted for theft of thousands of dollars, police said.

Stephen DeCrescenzo, 36, of 335 Captain Thomas Blvd., is wanted on two counts of first-degree larceny, New Canaan police Capt. John DiFederico said Tuesday morning.

DeCrescenzo was a banker working at the New Canaan Chase branch at 122 Main St., but when a call was made to the bank, a receptionist said he was no longer with the company.

DiFederico said that a judge signed DeCrescenzo's arrest warrant last week and police have not yet been able to find him.

"We are actively looking for him and we hope he turns himself in soon," DiFederico said.

DiFederico said he was unable to go into detail on the allegations against DeCrescenzo. First-degree larceny charges are leveled against those with probable cause to suspect that they stole $20,000 or more, according to state statute.

DeCrescenzo has been a Democratic West Haven councilman since at least 2007.

John Lewis, who lost a Democratic primary race to run for DeCrescenzo's at large council seat in September, said he had no idea that DeCrescenzo was in trouble.

"It is a shock. I don't have any details. I really don't have any reaction until all the facts are in. I don't know what to say," Lewis said.

Lewis, who sat on the council for four years until this past August, said DeCrescenzo currently holds one of three at large city council seats.

Outgoing West Haven Mayor John Picard and Democratic Town Committee Chairman Chris Suggs did not immediately return a call for comment. DeCrescenzo's phone was not accepting messages.