Police log: Homeless trespasser, retail exchange fraud, and DUI
The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Monday, Nov. 16:
Homeless man caught trespassing
A New Haven man was arrested for criminal trespass in the second degree and interfering with an officer at a home on Sharon Road at 8:48 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Police said Peter Ellis, 56, was initially reported on a burglary complaint when a Sharon Road homeowner discovered an intruder in his basement.
According to a report, an investigation revealed that Ellis wasn’t attempting to steal anything from the property and he had broken into it because he’s homeless and believed the home still belonged to his uncle.
When Trumbull officers arrived at the scene, Ellis had already left the home and was found walking down the street. He was unresponsive to the officers’ questions and displayed signs of mental illness, according to a report.
At police headquarters, he told investigators that his name was Christopher Lawless, 61, and submitted fingerprints under that alias.
The homeowner found the man’s wallet in his basement the following morning and reported it to the police, who discovered that Ellis had given them a fake name.
He was additionally charged with criminal impersonation and forgery in the third degree.
Ellis was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Retail exchange fraud at Target
Four New Haven women were arrested for larceny in the sixth degree for attempted retail exchange fraud at the Target in the Westfield Trumbull mall at 4:01 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.
Police said Ivoree Falcon, 19, was also charged with possession of a hallucinogenic substance after an investigation revealed she was carrying ecstasy in her purse.
According to a report, Falcon and three friends — Dabonana London, 22,Tyquazia Walton, 22, and Marquesha Lowry, 18 — entered the department store and selected several items that they then fraudulently returned for store credit.
Target’s loss prevention department noticed the transaction and notified Trumbull police as the four women were still shopping in the store.
Lowry had $77 worth of stolen merchandise in her purse at the time of her arrest, police said, and was charged with another count of sixth-degree larceny.
Police said Lowry was additionally charged with failure to appear in court and and was not released at the scene. She eventually was released on a $500 bond.
Walton was also charged with failure to appear and taken into custody at police headquarters. She was also discovered to have an outstanding larceny arrest warrant from East Haven, the report added.
Falcon and Walton were released on $1,000 and $500 bonds, respectively.
London was released from the scene with a promise to appear in court. All four women are scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Texting, swerving leads to DUI bust
A Monroe woman was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive right on Trefoil Drive at 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Police said Paula Muthersbaugh, 49, was observed swerving on Stonehouse Road, where she crossed over a double yellow line.
According to a report, Muthersbaugh told the officer at the scene that she had been texting and that’s why her vehicle crossed over the line.
The officer smelled alcohol on her breath and asked her to step outside the vehicle, the report added, where she failed several field sobriety tests before being taken to police headquarters.
She was released on a $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, Nov. 24.