Police are calling for the public’s help in identifying a man that they say accosted two juvenile females at Dunkin Donuts on Thursday evening. At about 7:15 p.m. on March 21, officers were dispatched to Dunkin’s at 98 Elm St. on a report of a “suspicious black male” (pictured), according to a police report. The man had approached the juveniles and asked the to come into the bathroom with him, according to the report. When the girls said no, they fled on foot and the man followed them, the report said.
Though it may look perfectly fine to those driving past on South Avenue, the New Canaan Police Department building has defective plumbing, mold, crumbling masonry, 16 broken windows, a leaking skylight, a sewer fly problem in the men’s locker room, loose and broken tiles in the women’s and poor or non-existent ventilation throughout, officials said Wednesday. Two of four men’s jail cells have been closed due to plumbing issues, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said during a regular meeting of the Police Commission, and the old-style cell bars in them also must be replaced with flat plexiglass doors because prisoners have tried to hang themselves by the bars.
Several offices in the building are not connected to its centralized HVAC system, and 48 windows require hardware that’s no longer available because the windows themselves are so old, he said. “There is moisture in some rooms—that’s not a good thing,” Krolikowski said during the meeting, held in the training room at police headquarters. “Ventilation in processing areas is nonexistent and we often get narcotic smells in our hallways due to evidence storage and no way to ventilate that.”
The comments came during a general update to the Commission, as the police building itself—though multiple town bodies have acknowledged the pressing need for renovation—sits as-is while town officials consider a complicated, multi-transaction proposal that would see the department relocated downtown (more on that below). “I don’t think the public knows any of this,” Police Commissioner Jim McLaughlin said, referring to the problems enumerated by the chief during his brief presentation.
Police on Monday night arrested a 33-year-old New Canaan man by warrant on drug charges after first spotting narcotics while investigating an older man’s death in his home. On Feb. 12, officers responded to a River Street residence on a report of an elderly man who had passed away, officials said. There, patrol units requested the assistance of the New Canaan Police Department Investigative section, according to a police report. Investigators found 2.4 ounces of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, in plain view, the report said.
Police obtained a warrant to arrest the younger man on charges of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, use and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of more than .5 ounces of marijuana.
At 11:26 p.m. on March 18, officers went to the house to take him into custody, the report said.
Police midday Friday arrested a 26-year-old Cliffside Park, N.J. man who had used a New Canaan resident’s name to order three iPhones for local delivery. At about 7:56 p.m. on Thursday, police learned that an account had been opened through AT&T Wireless in a resident’s name and that the smartphones, worth about $3,000 together, were scheduled to be delivered the following day to a house in town, officials said. At about 10:48 a.m. on March 15, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle in the area of Fieldcrest Road with an expired New Jersey plate, according to a police report. Following a subsequent stop and investigation, police determined that the man was here to pick up the fraudulently ordered iPhones from a home in the area, the report said. He was charged with unlawful completion or reproduction of a credit card and criminal attempt to third-degree larceny.
Police on Saturday night cited a 16-year-old New Canaan male for possession of alcohol by a minor on private property. At about 10:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to an East Cross Road home on a report of a possible youth party, officials said. There, authorities conducted an investigation that resulted in the infraction-level charge for the New Canaan teen.
Police withheld his name because of his age. Such cases typically are referred to the Juvenile Matters Division of state Superior Court.
In a separate incident, police at about 11:33 p.m. Friday were dispatched to a Douglas Road residence after homeowners were alerted by a security camera that someone had been at their front door.
Responding officers found four male juveniles in the area, one of whom matched the description given by the Douglas Road homeowner, according to a police report. Following an investigation, police cited a 16-year-old Greenwich juvenile for possession of an electronic smoking device by a minor.