Wilton police: Identity theft, assault, DUI
Snowberry Lane scammers
Police arrested a Florida man and woman May 23 for identity theft and other charges.
Bank of America discovered and then notified the United States Postal Inspection Service fraudulent debit/credit cards were being mailed to four Snowberry Lane addresses without the consent of those residents. The expected delivery date was Monday, May 23.
Wilton detectives, together with U.S. postal inspectors, set up in the area of Snowberry Lane around 11 a.m. on the delivery date. They saw a car enter the area and police said the passenger of that car reached out and took envelopes containing the fraudulent cards from one of the victim’s mailboxes.
According to police, the car then attempted to leave the area, but was intercepted. The driver, Evens Rosemond, 26, of 18231 SW 108th Place, Miami, and passenger Velencia Gamble, 31, of the same address, were arrested.
Both Rosemond and Gamble were arrested and charged with identity theft, criminal attempt at identity theft, larceny sixth, and conspiracy to commit larceny sixth.
They were released after each posted a $5,000 bond, and are both scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court June 2.
Police said the investigation is tied to incidents in Florida, New York and Massachusetts, as well as Fairfield County communities that include Greenwich, Stamford and New Canaan.
Police added that a federal investigation of the incidents has been opened in Florida, and that the United States Postal Service is working in conjunction with federal agents on the case.
Animal hospital assault
The veterinarian at Wilton Hospital for Animals on Danbury Road was arrested May 17 for striking one of his employees.
Police said the veterinarian, Ralph Hunt, 73, of 24 Blue Spruce Circle, Weston, accused one of his new employees of being “either an FBI agent or she was going to steal everything in the hospital” because she was asking too many questions for his liking.
“When she turned, he punched her in the back,” police said.
Police said the victim went to police headquarters and there were “visible signs of the altercation.”
Hunt was arrested on the charge of assault third and was released on a promise to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on May 27.
Police said Hunt denied the altercation but stands by his accusation of the employee.
Stolen car recovered
Wilton police recovered a stolen car on May 21.
The 2016 GMC Sierra, reported stolen from Norwalk, was found unoccupied in the parking lot of 1 Cannondale Way around 3:30 a.m. when police were alerted to its location by an Onstar operator.
It was found with “extensive damage to all four tires, the front two airbags deployed, and damage to the windshield,” police said. There were no signs of the occupants in the surrounding area, and there were no signs of damage to the property where the car was found.
The larceny is being investigated by Norwalk police.
Warrant leads to weed
A Danbury man involved in a Wilton car accident May 21 was arrested on an outstanding warrant and found in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana while in custody.
According to police, Ledwin Ramon Nunez, 25, of 6 Chapelle Street, Apt. 3, was southbound on Route 7 around noon when he rear-ended a car stopped at the red light at the intersection of Ridgefield Road.
During the accident investigation, police learned Nunez had a warrant out of Danbury for failing to pay or plea on a marijuana infraction.
After serving the warrant, police found a small metal pipe containing suspected marijuana in Nunez’s sock.
Nunez was cited for his motor vehicle violations, and was charged with failure to respond, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nunez posted $150 bond and is scheduled to appear at Danbury and Norwalk courts on May 30.
High beam bust
Police arrested a Ridgefield man on a DUI charge on May 20. Robert B. Brennan, 28, of 32 Woodland Way, was stopped in his 2007 Toyota Corolla at 1:42 a.m. after he passed a marked patrol unit with his car’s high beams on. Brennan was traveling northbound on Belden Hill Road in the area of Wolfpit Road.
Brennan’s speech was slurred and he was placed under arrest after being unable to perform a field sobriety test to standard. He was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.1125. The legal limit is 0.08.
He was released later that morning to his wife after posting a $250 bond. He has a May 31 court date.
On May 20 around 9:30 a.m., Filipe Couto, 30, of 4 Pink Cloud Lane, Weston, turned himself in at police headquarters on a warrant for failure to appear in court to answer to motor vehicle charges he accrued in Wilton.
While he was being processed, Wilton police discovered Couto also had an active failure to appear warrant out of Redding for similar charges: two counts of driving under a suspended license and failure to insure a private motor vehicle.
Couto posted $500 bond for his Wilton warrant and $750 for his Redding warrant. He is scheduled to appear at Norwalk Superior Court on May 31.
Police issued marijuana infractions to a Ridgefield man after searching his unoccupied car May 16.
Around 9:30 p.m., a patrol officer found an unoccupied car parked at the cul-de-sac on Gilly Lane. The officer checked to see if the car was locked, and when the door opened he smelled marijuana.
The officer searched the area for the car’s owner and saw him and a friend coming out of the woods near the hiking trail there.
Searching the car turned up a small amount of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking pipe.
The driver was issued a citation for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A wrist watch found on the Town Forest trail off Branch Brook Road was turned in to Wilton police headquarters May 20 around 4:30 p.m.
Anyone who may have lost a watch in that area can contact the Wilton Police Department at 203-834-6260 to claim it.
Domestic case log
According to the Wilton Police Department daily blotter, there was one incident of family violence and there were four incidents of verbal abuse between May 12 and May 26.