Police log: Criminal impersonation, cannabis oil, and boating under the influence

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, Sept. 29 and Monday, Oct. 5:

Shoplifter provides cops fake ID

A Stratford man was arrested for criminal impersonation, forgery in the second degree, interfering with an officer, and larceny in the sixth degree at Macy’s at the Westfield Trumbull Mall around 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

Police said Anthony Ramirez, 32, was seen on the store’s loss prevention cameras carrying a backpack into the department store and putting several items in his bag. He was taken into custody by store security before Trumbull police officers arrived on the scene.

According to a report, Ramirez gave police a Connecticut license that was in the system with an outstanding PRAWN warrant. At police headquarters, he was fingerprinted and officers determined that the identification given at the mall was falsified.

Police said that once his identity was verified through fingerprints, the system showed that Ramirez had seven of his own PRAWN warrants for outstanding burglary and larceny charges across Fairfield County.

The report added that the suspect pretended to choke on his food at the Trumbull Police Department and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

According to police, Ramirez will be charged on the seven warrants when he returns to headquarters.

He’s currently being held on a $25,000 bond for the charges he received from the mall incident — a figure police said will increase when the seven additional charges are served.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Scared girl calls cops on sister’s troubled boyfriend

A Trumbull man was arrested for interfering with an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal violation of a protective order at his home on Main Street at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Police said Rafael Cruz, 24, was intoxicated and belligerent when they arrived at the scene after receiving a domestic dispute call from a female caller who identified herself as the sister of Cruz’s girlfriend.

According to a report, Cruz and the victim were fighting in the house and didn’t immediately answer the door when police arrived.

Police said that a third female party — the victim’s mother — finally opened the door and the girlfriend and boyfriend were on the couch.

Cruz was handcuffed for safety purposes after he began yelling at police, the report said, and a background check on him revealed that he was in direct violation of a protective order that said he couldn’t live with the victim.

He was held on a $25,000 bond and taken to court that morning, Thursday, Oct. 1.

Two ounces of marijuana, 14 grams of cannabis oil

A Norwalk man was arrested for illegal distribution and sale of narcotics and possession of over an ounce of marijuana on Cambridge Drive at 8:42 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Police said George Caceres, 27, was driving without headlights when he was pulled over.

According to a report, a Trumbull police officer spotted a metal grinder in the driver’s cupholder. A further search of the vehicle determined that Caceres was in possession of two ounces of marijuana and 14 grams of cannabis oil.

He was released on a $500 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Florida arrests trigger probation violation

A Trumbull man turned himself in on outstanding warrant for violation of conditions of release at the Trumbull Police Department at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Police said Maxwell Haslam, 23, of Ivy Lane was arrested in Florida for boating under the influence in September 2013 and for possession of narcotics and resisting arrest in June 2014 — two charges that violated the terms of his probation.

According to a report, Haslam served time in prison for a pair of burglary arrests in 2011 and 2012 and he was released under a five-year probation sentence.

He moved to Florida in late 2012 to get help for drug addiction, police said, and the terms of the probation were transferred from Connecticut to Florida.

The report said that because the probation sentence was originally from Connecticut, the violation triggered a warrant from Trumbull.

Haslam drove up from Florida to turn himself in, police said, and was held on a $50,000 bond.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Thursday, Oct. 8.