The Bristol Police Department reported that a 43-year-old local man was arrested on April 26 and charged with first-degree arson after he returned from Maine.
The suspect, who left Connecticut more than three years ago, allegedly tossed a Molotov cocktail through the window of an occupied apartment building on Oct. 11, 2006, in retaliation of a domestic situation, according to police. He fled to Maine two years later after authorities issued an arrest warrant. Police state the investigation is still active.
All That Jazz
Bloomfield Police are currently investigating a series of thefts that occurred in February and March at the Hartford Jazz Society, according to an April 27 statement from the department. Police reported a suspect has been identified but have not released further information at press time. The organization, which is located in Bloomfield, was left with almost no funds in its bank account, according to society president Daniel Feingold. The organization has been forced to lay off two staff members and cancel its spring concerts, Feingold stated.
The organization is currently establishing collaborations to continue offering concerts and is seeking funds. It is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
The Itsy-Bitsy Boyfriend
A West Hartford man was arrested on April 27 after allegedly climbing down a water spout following an argument with his girlfriend, according to the West Hartford police. The suspect became upset with her following a verbal confrontation that morning and rang her doorbell for an hour before trying to climb the spout, which he broke. Police arrested him at 1:20 a.m. and charged him with third-degree criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
A Manchester man was arrested in Berlin after allegedly altering inventory numbers and using the names of other people to conceal his theft of 75 cell phones from his place of employment, according to an April 27 article in the New Britain Herald. The suspect, who allegedly sold the phones online, was charged with first-degree larceny, fifth-degree computer crime and third-degree identity theft. He was released on $30,000. Police estimate his activities cost his employer $31,000.
A 33-year-old Hartford man was arrested by West Hartford police on April 29 after allegedly trying to steal storm grates from the local impound yard despite the presence of “no trespassing” signs, according to the department. Two officers caught the suspect at about 12:50 p.m. and charged him with second-degree larceny and second-degree trespassing. The suspect is scheduled to appear in court on May 12.
I'm Robbing You
South Windsor police arrested a 43-year-old Vernon man who allegedly walked into a local jewelry store at 7 p.m. on April 29 and told a clerk he was there “to rob the store,” according to police. He apparently didn't say or do anything following his statement to the clerk, who was then asked by a female accompanying the suspect about a ring.
Staff subsequently called the police, who found the couple at Buckland Hills Mall at 7:30 p.m. in a bookstore. Police charged the man with second-degree breach of peace and held him on $50,000 bond. He was scheduled as of press time to appear in court on April 29.
The Hartford Courant reported that a birth occurred at an unlikely location: a DUI checkpoint in Plainville.
On May 1, police stopped a couple at the checkpoint on Route 177 at 12:50 a.m., and were told that the woman was in labor and about to deliver. When police discovered an ambulance wouldn't arrive for 10 minutes, they prepared to deliver the baby themselves. The result was a five-pound, seven-ounce male named Christian.
The mother and the child, who were delivered to New Britain General Hospital, are doing well, according to the report.