Suspects in Ralph Lauren Thefts Try Again, See Police, Crash into NCPD Vehicle, Flee on Foot

The suspects in a recent string of thefts from the Ralph Lauren store on Elm Street during what appears to be yet another attempted larceny Sunday were confronted by authorities and crashed into a police vehicle downtown before abandoning their own car and fleeing on foot, officials said. The incident unfolded at about 3:20 p.m. on Oct. 13, as an off-duty New Canaan Police officer worked in the high-end clothing store at 51 Elm St., according to a press release. There, the officer saw three suspects fitting the description of those accused of stealing more than $8,000 in merchandise from the store in three separate incidents earlier this month. A woman approached the front of the store and, on seeing the officer, “immediately returned” to a vehicle waiting in a no-parking zone on Elm, the press release said.

Police Arrest Man, 29, Found Asleep at Wheel Holding Half-Empty Bottle of Champagne

Police at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday arrested a 29-year-old Dorchester, Mass. man found asleep in the driving seat of a car parked at the Mobil Station with a half-empty bottle of champagne in his hand. Officers were dispatched to the South Avenue location on a report of a man passed out or asleep in the driver’s seat of a vehicle parked there, according to police. They found the man with the bottle in his hand, and saw marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a police report. The man passed field sobriety tests and was charged with drinking while driving.

Breach of Peace Charge for Millport Avenue Woman

Police on Sept. 30 arrested a 58-year-old Millport Avenue woman following an with a neighbor. 

At about 10:50 p.m. that Monday, officers were dispatched to Millport Apartments on a report of a noise complaint and dispute between the woman and her neighbor, according to police. Following an investigation, police charged her with second-degree breach of peace. It isn’t clear whether the argument turned physical or what kind of language she used that led police to bring the misdemeanor charge. Under state law, a person is guilty of second-degree breach of peace “when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof,” he or she “engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place,” “assaults or strikes another” “threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property, “publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person,” “in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture” or “creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which such person is not licensed or privileged to do.”

Police released the woman after she promised to appear Oct.

29-Year-Old Man Charged in Connection with Head-On Crash in New Canaan

Police on Sunday charged a 29-year-old Guilford man in connection with a head-on crash on Route 123 earlier this year. At about 6:27 a.m. on May 17, officers investigated a crash at Smith Ridge Road and Glen Drive, according to a police report. The Guilford man, traveling northbound on 123, swerved into the oncoming traffic lane and struck a vehicle, the report said. Investigators determined that he may have fallen asleep while driving and did not recall the crash, it said. He was charged with reckless driving and cited for failure to drive right.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Safety Tips During ‘National Fire Prevention Week’

Each year more than 2,500 people die in fires, most of them in residential occupancies. 

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 to 12 this year and the theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape – Plan Your Escape.” Fire service throughout the nation will be working to emphasize fire safety awareness as will the New Canaan Fire Department. Firefighters will be visiting schools throughout town giving demonstrations on how to stay fire safe. Also, school groups will be touring the fire house to learn about how the fire fighters live, train and work. There will also be a display of the history of the New Canaan Fire Company and the fire service in general at the New Canaan Historical Society at 13 Oenoke Ridge, now through the end of the month.