Hired Same Day, Livery Driver Arrested for Stealing Car Fares


A 38-year-old Waterbury man faces a misdemeanor larceny charge after a New Canaan car service that had hired him same-day as a driver said he kept $105 in fares.

The case originally had been reported to police at 8:46 a.m. on Jan. 16, according to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, the department’s public information officer.

The prior day, the Waterbury man had applied for a job at a car service that operates out of the New Canaan train station, according to a police report. He was hired after the 71-year-old manager of the business copied his driver’s license, and told to work a shift straightaway and until 1:30 a.m., the report said.

The new employee drove a 2007 Lincoln Town Car but didn’t leave it at the station at the end of his shift for the next driver to take it, the report said. He was nowhere to be found, the report said.

Finally, the business tracked him down and the Waterbury man explained that he’d had some trouble and would have the car back on Jan. 18. The business owner withdrew his complaint that the car had been stolen, but when the Lincoln was returned, the $105 in fares was not turned in with it, the police report said.

Also, another $7.90 in gas and costs is owed by the Waterbury man, the complainant said, so he owes a total of $112.90.

Police arrested him by warrant at 2 a.m. Monday, March 23, and charged him with sixth-degree larceny and using vehicle without owner’s permission. He was held on $1,000 bond and scheduled to appear Monday in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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