Assault, ID Theft Charges for Man, 37, After Attempted Theft Downtown

Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested a 37-year-old Bronx, N.Y. man and charged him with third-degree assault, second-degree forgery, third-degree identity theft and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. At about 12:42 p.m. on Jan. 24, police received a report of an attempted larceny using a fraudulent ID at the Verizon Wireless store on Elm Street, officials said. An employee at the store recognized the fraud and pursued the man on foot from the store to the area of Pine and Grove Streets, according to a police report. There, he was identified, detained and placed into custody by two police officers working an extra duty job in the area, the report said.

AUDIO: Tax Scam Targets New Canaan Residents

This past weekend, a New Canaan resident reported receiving an unsolicited telephone call in which a caller claims taxes are past due. This call (click on audio file above) appears to be computer-generated, but other calls may be initiated by live callers. These calls are scams and the caller is not legitimate. IRS contact with taxpayers on a federal tax issue is likely to occur via United States mail. Residents should:

Never give personal information (dates of birth, social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, computer passwords, etc.) to unknown persons over the telephone or electronically.