A traffic stop downtown after midnight Friday led to the arrest of two Bridgeport men found with mail that had been stolen from four homes on Frogtown Road.
At about 12:13 a.m. on Sept. 25, an officer on patrol stoped a motor vehicle driven by a 36-year-old man who had crossed over the white fog line on Cherry Street, according to a police report.
The officer spotted a black plastic bag inside, and an investigation showed the mail’s origin, the report said.
The driver and a 19-year-old Bridgeport man in a back seat both were charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. The man in back additionally was charged with interfering after giving a false name, the report said.
Police released the driver on $600 bond and scheduled him to appear Oct. 26 in state Superior Court. The teen was held on $5,000 bond and schedule to appear Sept. 25.
A 26-year-old Port Chester, N.Y. woman in the passenger seat was cited for possession of marijuana.
It’s unclear whether the suspects are connected to the theft of checks from mailboxes in New Canaan last month and “washing” or alteration of those checks. On Thursday, police received reports of mail stolen from homes on Valley and Huckleberry Hill Roads, according to Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.
Police are urging residents to bring outgoing mail to a U.S. Post Office, to sign up for USPS “informed delivery” and not to leave mail in a mailbox overnight.