Public Safety

Arrests and investigations out of the New Canaan Police Department as well as coverage of activity from New Canaan Fire Co. No. 1, including capital projects, staff promotions and work with community groups. We post tips and services from the New Canaan Fire Marshal as well as community events that involve police, fire and paramedics, such as the annaul Fishing Derby, talks at venues such as New Canaan Library and bulletins from officials in each organization.

Recent Articles

Police Chief: New Canaan Car Thieves Are Juveniles Who Joyride, Get Released After Arrests and Re-Offend

The Waterbury gang members stealing unlocked motor vehicles from local homes are nearly always juveniles—some as young as 14 years old—and often have been arrested multiple times in the past, according to New Canaan Police Department Chief Leon Krolikowski. One girl arrested in connection with the thefts in New Canaan had been charged with 53 felonies “and she was not even held, she was released,” Krolikowski told members of the Police Commission at their regular meeting last week. “The justice system lets them get arrested multiple times,” the chief said at the Nov. 15 meeting, held in the Training Room at the New Canaan Police Department. He added: “That is part of the problem with the system.”

The comments came about one week after New Canaan residents reported multiple thefts of vehicles from their homes. Continue Reading →

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Police: 34-Year-Old Woman Steals from Elm Street Clothing Store, Runs Off

Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 34-year-old Sandy Hook woman who is accused of stealing about $440 in merchandise from an Elm Street clothing store. At about 1:40 p.m. on Nov. 14, officers were dispatched to the shop on a report of a woman who had stolen items and then ran away on foot after leaving, according to a police report. Store employees got the woman’s license plate and a description of her vehicle, the report said. Authorities then put out a ‘BOLO’ alert for area police to “be on the lookout” for the suspect, it said. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Put Out Early-Morning Blaze Tuesday at Hemlock Hill Road Home

Firefighters before dawn Tuesday put out a blaze that started in the basement of a northern New Canaan home, officials said. No one was injured in the fire at 50 Hemlock Hill Road, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. The New Canaan Fire Department at 2:45 a.m. was called to the Colonial on a report of smoke in the basement, according to Baker. The homeowners had been alerted to the problem by their dog and fire alarm system, in that order, Baker said in a press bulletin issued to local media. “Using thermal imaging cameras, firefighters found a small fire burning behind a wall in the finished basement which was quickly extinguished with minimal damage,” Baker said. Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Man, 58, Charged After Domestic Dispute

Police last week arrested a 58-year-old New Canaan man following a domestic dispute. At about 8:19 p.m. on Nov. 9, officers took a complaint regarding a dispute that had taken place at a Lakeview Avenue home earlier in the day, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police charged a Lakeview Avenue man with disorderly conduct. It isn’t clear what the dispute involved, whether it turned physical, what prompted police to bring the misdemeanor charge, who the victim was or whether or how that individual is related to the arrested man. Continue Reading →

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Assault, Disorderly Conduct Charges for New Canaan Man, 60, After Domestic Incident

Police on Sunday arrested a 60-year-old New Canaan man following a dispute at his Old Kings Highway home. At about 5:26 p.m. on Nov. 12, officers investigated a dispute between two occupants of the residence, according to a police report. They charged the man with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. It isn’t clear what the dispute involved, how it turned physical, whether or to what extent anyone was hurt or whether or how the arrested man is related to the victim. Continue Reading →

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