Police log: DUI, probation violation and fake $100 bills
The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Feb. 16 and Monday, Feb. 22:
Stealing, criminal trespassing and driving under the influence
A Huntington Turnpike man was arrested twice last week — first at the Westfield Trumbull Mall for larceny in the sixth degree and criminal trespassing in the first degree around 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, and then on White Plains Road for driving under the influence at 3:35 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.
Police said Wesam Zaytoun, 25, stole a $98 fleece Polo jacket from Lord & Taylor in the mall before being stopped by store security personnel, who recognized him from a November 2015 incident in the mall that resulted in the suspect receiving a yearlong ban.
Zaytoun received the criminal trespassing charge because he was in direct violation of that ban when he stole the item from Lord & Taylor, police said.
According to a report, the Trumbull resident appeared to be under the influence of narcotics but was not found to be in possession of any illegal substances.
The following day, police were called to the Mobil station on White Plains Road after a deliveryman reported that a driver there refused to move his vehicle that was blocking the delivery truck from entering the business’s parking lot.
Police said they arrived on the scene as Zaytoun’s vehicle was pulling onto the road. Officers observed him swerving into the wrong lane — the eastbound lane — while exiting the Mobil station.
A report added that he took a wide turn pulling out of the business and that prompted police to pull him over.
Officers smelled the odor of alcohol on his breath and pulled Zaytoun out of the vehicle. He failed three field sobriety tests before being transported to Trumbull police headquarters, where he refused a breath test.
He was released on a $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday, Feb. 26.
For the larceny and trespassing charges, Zaytoun was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Friday, Feb. 26.
Drug user charged with violating probation
A Pine Street man turned himself in on two counts of violation of probation at the Trumbull Police Department at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17.
Police said Matthew Miranti, 26, was arrested for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on Nov. 21, 2015, which was a direct violation of his probation that stemmed from an earlier drug-related arrest.
According to a report, Miranti and another resident were found with eight folds of heroin, a small plastic bag containing two additional grams of heroin, and a needle and a spoon used to shoot the drug after Trumbull police officers had responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on the road.
Upon their arriving at the scene, police saw that the other man was outside the car and Miranti was in the passenger seat. Miranti was asked to exit the vehicle, police said, and he had visibly shaky hands.
The report added that Miranti kept putting his hands in his pants pockets despite being warned several times by police to keep his hands visible.
A search of both men revealed they were not in possession of any substances, but a vehicle search revealed that there were drugs in the center console of the car.
Miranti was held on two $20,000 bonds for violating his probation and appeared in court Thursday, Feb. 18.
Nine fake $100 bills
A Bronx, N.Y., woman was arrested on nine counts of forgery in the first degree, two counts of larceny in the sixth degree, and interfering with an officer at the Westfield Trumbull mall at 4:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15.
Police said Lashea Suggs, 22, was stopped by a loss prevention officer at Lord & Taylor who was investigating a fake $100 bill that was used in the store.
According to the report, Suggs was seen on camera making two individual purchases in the store and she was taken into custody. The items were estimated to cost $19 and $68, respectively, police said, and Suggs took the change from a store employee before walking away.
In custody, police found several additional fake $100 bills that all had the same serial number on them.
While searching Suggs, police discovered she was in possession of merchandise from another store in the mall, Sephora, where she had also used counterfeit money to purchase several cheaper items before receiving real currency as change.
Suggs told police she found the nine fake $100 bills on the floor of a bathroom in the mall and that they were crumbled up when she went to pick them up.
The report said that was inconsistent with the investigation, as all nine bills were in perfectly mint condition and didn’t appear to have been folded at all.
The shoplifter and forger was additionally charged with police interference because she gave officers the wrong name when she was first detained at Lord & Taylor.
She posted $10,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Feb. 23.