Four New Canaan Boys, 16, Cited for Underage Drinking



Police on Saturday cited four 16-year-old New Canaan boys for possession of alcohol by a minor after catching them with a case of Keystone Light beer.

Prompted by a complaint that the youths were breaking bottles in the area of Beech and Dabney Roads, police spotted and stopped a Jeep with the four teens in it, traveling north on Dabney Road near Carter Street, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

Initially, the teens told police that another group of youths were at fault—however, the case of beer was in view, Ogrinc said.

The driver additionally was charged with violating a teen restriction law, because he had passengers in his car though he hadn’t held a driver’s license for six months, Ogrinc said.

Police withheld the teens’ names because of their ages.


A 56-year-old Elm Street woman told police that $10,500 in jewelry was stolen from her condo and that she appears to have nearly intruded on the burglars.

At about 7:15 p.m. on March 4, the woman returned to her home at Pride’s Crossing (just past the Food Emporium on Elm Street as you climb the hill toward Weed, on the same side) after a full day out of the unit, police said. There, she found her flat-screen TV removed from the wall and on a chair, Ogrinc said.

She immediately backed out of the home and phoned police, Ogrinc said.

It isn’t clear whether the woman’s front door had been left unlocked, through a rear sliding door was open, police said.

The jewelry included necklaces, rings and 30 pairs of earrings, Ogrinc said.


New Canaan police are investigating the reported thefts of items from cars and garages last week in an area of South Avenue not far from the department’s headquarters.

Separate reports came in from residents living off of South Avenue, roughly between Hawthorne and Woodland Roads, overnight from March 2 to 3 (that’s Sunday to Monday).

A 44-year-old Hawthorne Road man reported that credit cards and $394 in cash were taken from a wallet inside his car, the vehicle itself unlocked and parked in an unlocked garage, police said. The theft occurred some time between 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday, according to New Canaan Police Sgt. Carol Ogrinc.

The cards subsequently were used in Waterbury, she said.

That same night, according to a 69-year-old Woodland Road woman, a $500 pair of cross-country skis went missing from her unlocked garage, Ogrinc said.

Reports also came in from residents that a car had been rummaged through, a $200 bike was stolen and that a suspicious person was seen in the area, according to police reports.


A Bridle Path Lane couple says $3,000 in cash and $7,500 worth of gold coins (five in all) were stolen from their home some time between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on March 6.

The couple was moving into the home, and were upstairs, when the items went missing, police said.

The home showed no forced entry, police said.


A 52-year-old Summer Street man told police that a $300 Stihl-brand chainsaw and $275 Echo hedge-trimmer were stolen from his home. It isn’t clear when the reported theft occurred—it could be up to four weeks prior to the victim reporting it to police on March 5.

Police are investigating.

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