Police log: DUI crash, cell phone identity theft, and holiday shoplifting spree

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, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 14:

DUI accident with child in front seat

A Monroe woman was arrested for driving under the influence, failure to drive in the proper lane, and risk of injury to a minor on Quarry Road around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Police said Brandi Pierson, 43, got into a head-on collision while her eight-year-old son was in the front seat.

According to a report, Pierson’s vehicle was headed the wrong way down the road — onto oncoming northbound traffic — after it had turned at stoplight near the Bow Tie Cinemas movie theater.

Although there were no critical injuries from the crash, the report said that there was extensive damage to Pierson’s vehicle and another vehicle, both of which had to be towed.

At the scene, Pierson could not explain what caused the accident and police smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She admitted to drinking three glasses of  wine.

Police said she couldn’t produce insurance and had significantly slurred speech.

She failed three sobriety tests at the scene of the accident and was brought to department headquarters, where she was released on $1,500 worth of bonds. She was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Dec. 16.

The son was picked up at the scene of the accident by his father, the report said.

Verizon employee busted for criminal impersonation

A Bridgeport man was arrested for conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree, conspiracy to commit forgery in the third degree, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, and conspiracy to commit identity theft at state police Troop G headquarters in Bridgeport at 2:33 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Police said Rodney Kipping, 28, was working the Verizon Wireless store at the Westfield Trumbull mall when he used a customer’s identity to purchase and set up three new smartphones for an unidentified male who police are still investigating.

According to a report, the victim whose identity was stolen reported the crime at the Trumbull Police Department in September. He told police that he had went into the store to see if he qualified for an upgrade and provided information to a store employee.

The victim didn’t realize his identity had been stolen until he received a letter in the mail from Verizon about opening three new cellphone lines.

A fraud case was launched with police detective interviewing store employees. According to a report, police obtained video surveillance of the store when the three phones were purchased and found images of Kipping going into the store on his day off.

He turned himself at the state police barracks after learning their was a warrant for his arrest.

The report said that he told police that he met the unidentified man outside of the mall and sold him the fraudulent phones that had been registered with the victim’s identification.

Kipping was released on a $20,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Six stores hit during holiday shoplifting spree

Two Bridgeport women were arrested for larceny in the fourth degree and possession of a shoplifting device at the Westfield Trumbull Mall at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Police said Dannisha Gibbs, 23, and Amanda Fleming, 24, were found in possession of $1,522 worth of stolen merchandise in the mall parking lot.

According to a report, mall security was alerted about a suspicious vehicle that was parked in a space illegally. Arriving at the vehicle, mall security observed several bags worth of items that still had their sensory security tags on them.

Trumbull police interviewed the owner of the parked car who said that she had gone to the mall to shop with two friends but she hadn’t seen them since they arrived.

She told police that she didn’t know Gibbs and Fleming were shoplifting and produced receipts for the items in her possession.

In the vehicle, however, police found $595 worth of items from Bath and Body Works as well as $303 worth of items from Macy’s that were stolen. In addition, there were bags from four other outlets in the mall that contained stolen merchandise.

Security found Gibbs and Flemming who admitted to stealing the goods. The merchandise was returned and they were each released on a $2,500 bond.

They’re each scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Dec. 22.