Police Log: DUI, threatening text, angry son, and identify theft

A pair of drunk drivers inadvertently turned themselves into police over the past week. One on Tashua Road and the other right in the parking lot of police headquarters.
A pair of drunk drivers inadvertently turned themselves into police over the past week. One on Tashua Road and the other right in the parking lot of police headquarters.

The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Monday, Aug. 31:

Man arrested for drunken driving

A Bridgeport man was arrested for driving under the influence, driving recklessly, distracted driving, and operating a vehicle without a seatbelt at the intersection of Main Street and Route 15 at 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30.

Police said Jesus Rojas-Cruz, 52, drove through a green light, but stopped in the middle of the intersection, holding up traffic.

A responding officer saw that Rojas-Cruz was holding a GPS device up to his face and commanded the driver to pull over. A report said it became evident that Rojas-Cruz didn’t speak English and a Shelton police officer needed to be called in to translate.

Both officers detected alcohol on his breath and noticed his head was bobbing back and forth.

A report said that Rojas-Cruz had an expired registration, and failed his field sobriety test.

He admitted to officers he had been drinking in Fairfield after work and hadn’t eaten anything all day, police said.

He was taken to police headquarters, where he was held on a $500 bond.

Rojas-Cruz is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Sept. 11.

 ‘Horror show’ threats lead cops to arrest ex-boyfriend

An Enfield man was arrested on two counts of second-degree threatening at Trumbull police headquarters around 8:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Police said Nicholas Provencher, 35, had two outstanding warrants for his arrest stemming from a pair of text messages he sent his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend on July 16.

A report said that the victim filed a report with police after receiving messages that threatened her life and the life of her new boyfriend.

According the report, the victim and Provencher have two-year-old son together, and he didn’t like the fact he wasn’t he seeing his child anymore.

Police said that Provencher texted the victim that he would commit a violent act against her and her boyfriend that would be a “horror show” and would be so brutal that it would “be on television for two whole weeks.”

Provencher was picked up by Connecticut State Troop I on Aug. 28, the report said, and was turned over to Trumbull to face the outstanding warrants.

He was held on a $20,000 bond, which he posted.

He was scheduled to appear in court Monday, Aug. 31.

Shoplifter runs out of store with expensive jeans

A Waterbury man was arrested for fifth-degree larceny, third-degree robbery, and interfering with the duties of an officer at the Westfield Trumbull Mall at 11:49 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Police said Ildefonso “Chris” Garcia, 24, went into EbLens with two females in attempt to return an item without a receipt. When a cashier grew suspicious of Garcia, he took off with two pairs of jeans estimated to be worth $800.

A male employee of the store chased after Garcia, who dropped one pair of jeans before he was tackled and taken to the ground. Mall security attempted to break up the conflict, a report said, and that allowed Garcia to briefly get away.

According to a report, Garcia was eventually stopped again by Trumbull police officers who were responding to a reported fight in the mall.

While being charged with larceny and robbery, police discovered that Garcia had two active warrants for his arrest for violation of conditions of release out of Waterbury.

He was held on $10,000 bonds for each warrant and another $5,000 bond for the shoplifting incident at the mall.

Garcia posted the bond and was released. He’s scheduled to appear in court Friday, Sept. 4.

New York men busted for identity theft

Two New York men were arrested for larceny in the fifth degree and identity theft in the third degree at JC Penney in the Westfield Trumbull Mall at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Police said Alexander Dowling, 35, of Queens, N.Y., and Kevin Santiago, 23, of the Bronx, N.Y., applied for store credit cards with Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, and began shopping around the store.

According to a report, JC Penney’s Credit Investigation Department launched an investigation into the two men while they were in the store and their accounts were flagged when they took items to the cashier to purchase.

Police said Santiago tried to buy $925 worth of merchandise and Dowling attempted to buy $642 worth of merchandise.

They were apprehended by mall security and Trumbull police arrived. An investigation revealed the two men had obtained the licenses through a website, and that Dowling had used a stolen credit card to assume a Pennsylvania man’s identity.

He was charged with illegal use of a credit card in the third degree.

Both Dowling and Santiago were held on $1,000 bonds and are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Violation of protective order

A Bridgeport man was arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal violation of a protective order at St. Joseph’s Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center at 3:27 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Police said Earl Wheeler, 51, was trying to visit his mother at the assisted living community Monday, Aug. 24, when staff called police to alert them that he was attempting to violate a protective order.

According to a report, Wheeler regularly visits his mother, who has a restraining order against him, to fight with her and ask her for money.

He left the scene before police arrived, but returned Tuesday, when police were able to stop him in the parking lot and charge him.

He was held on a $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, Aug. 26.