Police: Felony Charge for Brooklyn Man Who Failed to Appear


The New Canaan Police Department. Credit: Michael Dinan

Police on Wednesday arrested a 25-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. man by warrant after he failed to appear in connection an incident in downtown New Canaan from nearly three years ago.

A bail enforcement agent turned the man in to New Canaan Police at about 1:19 a.m. on Dec. 19 on a paperless rearrest warrant on charges of unlawful reproduction of a credit card, two counts of conspiracy to commit larceny, conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card and criminal attempt to use an illegal credit card. 

On the night of Jan. 15, 2016, police had been dispatched to Walgreens on Pine Street after store employees reported that he’d tried to buy store gift cards with fraudulent credit cards, authorities said. He was scheduled originally to appear in court later that month.

Yet the man apparently did not show up for his arraignment or a subsequent hearing.

Police charged him with first-degree failure to appear. Under state law, a person is guilty of the felony charge if, “while charged with the commission of a felony and while out on bail or released under other procedure of law, such person willfully fails to appear when legally called according to the terms of such person’s bail bond or promise to appear,” or “while on probation for conviction of a felony, such person willfully fails to appear when legally called for any court hearing relating to a violation of such probation.”

He was held on $20,000 bond and scheduled to appear Wednesday in state Superior Court in Norwalk.

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