Police: Graffiti Investigation ‘Open and Ongoing’ 

New Canaan Police say they’ve investigated 30 instances of vandalism so far in 2024, and that nearly half of them (14) are related to graffiti that appeared in recent weeks in the greater downtown area. Those instances include damage to a USPS mailbox, Bristow Park, dumpsters and public and private property, according to Lt. Marc DeFelice, the department’s public information officer. Citing information supplied by investigating Officer Nicole Vartuli, he said the graffiti is “consistent with some of the graffiti tags found in the downtown area [that] have been reported at the entrance fence of the land conservation on West Road.”

“There has also been graffiti reported at the entrance bridge of the Land Trust [property] on Weed Street,” he said. Asked whether the vandalism in the parks and downtown are believe to be linked or from a single perpetrator, DeFelice said, “There have been four different graffiti tags identified that may or may not be related. NCPD has not identified any suspects at this time.


Interfering Charge for Man, 38

Police on Saturday arrested a 38-year-old Bridgeport man and charged him with interfering with an officer. At about 4:32 p.m. on May 4, an officer on patrol spotted a vehicle on Ponus Ridge with an illegible license plate. During a subsequent stop near Bennington Place, the officer found that there was no record of the license plate and the registration for it had been surrendered and had expired, according to a police report. Police identified the man and brought the misdemeanor charge. They also charged him with motor vehicle-related offenses.

Town Man, 78, Charged in Domestic Incident

Police late on a recent Saturday night arrested a 79-year-old New Canaan man and charged him with disorderly conduct. At about 9 p.m. on April 27, a victim came to police headquarters to report a dispute with the man earlier in the evening, officials said. Through an investigation, authorities established probable cause to bring the misdemeanor charge, according to a police report. Police withheld details of the arrest, saying it’s a domestic matter. Under state law, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct when he or she, “with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior; or by offensive or disorderly conduct, annoys or interferes with another person,” among other reasons.


Felony Criminal Mischief Charge for Man, 32

Police last week arrested a 32-year-old Norwalk man by warrant and charged him with first-degree criminal mischief. The warrant stems from a vandalism complaint that had come in January, according to a police report. Under state law, a person is guilty of first-degree criminal mischief if he or she “[w]ith intent to cause damage to tangible property of another and having no reasonable ground to believe that such person has a right to do so, such person damages tangible property of another in an amount exceeding one thousand five hundred dollars,” among other reasons. The man was taken into custody at police headquarters and arrested at 5 p.m. on April 23 and processed on the felony charge. 

He was released on $25,000 bond and scheduled to appear May 7 in state Superior Court. 

Stalking Charge for New Canaan Man, 23

Police last week arrested a 23-year-old New Canaan man by warrant and charged him with first-degree stalking, criminal violation of a protective order and second-degree breach of peace. At about 4:14 p.m. on April 15, officers went to the Stamford Police Department to take the man into custody on the warrant, which had been issued following investigation of an incident reported to New Canaan Police in December 2022, officials said. While in custody of New Canaan Police, authorities brought additional paperless rearrest warrants for charges on which the man had failed to appear. He was charged with four counts of second-degree failure to appear. According to Connecticut Judicial Branch records, New Canaan Police have arrested the man five times since 2021 and charged him with interfering with an officer, first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree breach of peace and numerous motor vehicle-related offenses.