Stolen credit cards reported

A Hartford woman was arrested by warrant and charged with third-degree identity theft and illegal use of credit card in connection with car break-ins in July and August, according to police.

Dana Vincent, 39, of Lenox Street, Hartford, was charged with two counts each of third-degree identity theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft and illegal use of a credit card.

Through their investigation, police were able to obtain surveillance footage of Vincent using stolen cards.

New Canaan police took Vincent into custody Oct. 27 after being contacted by Hartford police that they had detained her on New Canaan’s warrant, according to a police report.

Charges lodged against N.Y. man

Alexander Baldanza, 24, of Pound Ridge Road, Pound Ridge, N.Y., was charged by a court-issued warrant on Oct. 28 with failure to appear on motor vehicle infractions issued on April 24, according to a police report.

Baldanza was originally pulled over on South Avenue near Maple Street and cited for an obstructed view of his windshield and driving without a front registration plate, according to the report.

He was released on $250 bond and is to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on Tuesday, according to the report.

Drug pinch at Waveny Park

A Stamford man and Ansonia woman were each cited with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop last Monday night at Waveny Park, according to a police report.

At 9:45 p.m., a patrol officer spotted an occupied vehicle in the park, which closes at dusk, and approached it, according to the report. The officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car and observed a smoking pipe in the front center console, according to the report.

Craig Steadman, 28, of Bedford Street, Stamford, and Megan Bosse, 29, of North Main Street, Ansonia, were both cited with possession of marijuana, with Steadman being additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Men cited for

pot possession

Two Monroe men were cited with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana during a downtown motor vehicle check on the night of Oct. 27, according to a police report.

Police were called to the Mobil Gas Station on South Avenue on a report of two men acting suspiciously and walking in and out of the store, according to the report.

Based on a vehicle description, police pulled over a black Audi on Main Street near Locust Avenue and detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside, according to the report.

Michael Almonicid, 19, of Grey Bower Road, Monroe, and Zachary Krajewski, 20, of Birchwood Road, were both cited for possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana. Krajewski additionally was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

Expired registration leads to drug citation

Jessica Green, 32, of Third Street, Norwalk, was cited for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana during a motor vehicle stop the evening of Oct. 27, on New Norwalk Road near Lakeview Avenue, according to a police report.

Police pulled over Green’s car when a license plate reader flagged her registration as having expired in January, according to the report.

Police detected the odor of marijuana coming from the car, and Green indicated she had a smoking pipe and handed it over along with an amount of a green leafy substance, according to the report.

A search of the car found a glass jar with a white bag underneath the front passenger seat, two balls of a green leafy substance testing positive as marijuana, and rolling papers, according to the report.

She was also cited for failure to insure a vehicle, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle, according to the report.

Town man arrested twice

in one week

New Canaan police arrested an 18-year-old Carter Street man twice last week, first for possession of alcohol at an underage drinking party on Smith Ridge Road, and later for second-degree forgery for carrying a fake Connecticut driver’s license, according to a police report.

Griffin Patterson, 18, of Carter Street, was released on $500 bond and was to appear in state Superior Court in Norwalk on the forgery charge, according to the report.

The first incident at the underage drinking party began at 9:06 p.m. Oct. 30, when police responded to a report of an underage drinking party on Smith Ridge Road, according to the report. Police saw several youths run into the woods, and others peering out the front window of the home, according to the report.

Inside they found a beer pong table with red cups containing beer and open beer cans in clear sight, according to the report.

The 17-year-old male host told police the party had “gotten out of control,” and was cited for failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor.

In the second incident, on the night of Nov. 1, police pulled over a car on Silvermine Road near Canoe Hill Road driving 60 mph in a 30-mph zone, according to the report. The car crossed the double yellow line on the road, according to the report.

The juvenile was charged with driving under the influence after failing field sobriety tests, according to the report, and cited for speeding and failure to drive in the proper lane.

During the stop, Patterson, a passenger in the car, presented police with a fake Connecticut driver’s license, resulting in the second-degree forgery charge, according to the report.

Backpack found and returned with valuables missing

Police returned a stolen black and neon green backpack to its owner on Sunday that a thief had taken from the victim’s unlocked car parked on Douglas Road on Halloween night, according to a police report.

Police found the backpack leaning against a telephone pole on Church Street, according to the report.

Taken from the backpack was a pair of Timberland prescription glasses, a Texas Instruments TI-83 calculator and a Garmin geographic positioning system, according to the report.

The victim said he parked his car on Douglas Road between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Halloween and didn’t notice the backpack missing when he left, according to the report.

He was unsure if he locked the car, according to the report.

Thieves swipe fishing rods

A Valley Road resident reported the theft of three fishing poles valued at $1,300 in total from an unlocked vehicle overnight Saturday into Sunday morning, according to a police report.

The theft was discovered at 8:57 a.m. Monday morning when the homeowner’s wife looked out the front window and saw the car’s trunk was open, according to the report.

Nothing else was missing from the vehicle, according to the report.