Police log: Packaging marijuana, criminal impersonation and DUI car chase
The Trumbull Police Department made the following arrests between Tuesday, Oct. 13 and Monday, Oct. 19:
Packaging marijuana at Avalon Gates
Trumbull police arrested a pair of men for possession of marijuana over an ounce, possession of drug paraphernalia and intent to illegally distribute marijuana at Avalon Gates at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.
Dontrell Wheeler, 21, of Bridgeport and Michael Williams, 20, of Trumbull were reported to be smoking marijuana behind the garage at Avalon Gates, a police report said.
A responding officer smelled marijuana coming from Williams’ vehicle and asked him to step out of the car.
An investigation revealed that there was a Ziploc bag of marijuana underneath the driver’s seat. According to the report, the officer also found a similar-sized bag of marijuana under Wheeler’s passenger seat. Additionally, the officer found two more jars containing marijuana, two scales and several different bags used to package narcotics in the back seat.
The total amount of marijuana in the vehicle was 1.55 ounces, police said, but both Wheeler and Williams took the possession charge for over an ounce.
They were released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court on Monday, Oct. 26.
Shelton couple charged with criminal impersonation
A Shelton couple was arrested for larceny in the fifth degree, credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card at Trumbull police headquarters around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Police said that Alicia Riggs, 37, and Tim Liacos, 28, found a wallet in the parking lot of a doctor’s office on Technology Drive on June 4 and attempted to take out a cash advance through the victim’s credit card.
According to a report, Liacos and Riggs were observed on a surveillance tape from TD Bank in Trumbull Center on June 4 trying impersonate the wallet’s owner, who police said was another Shelton resident.
The victim noticed there were fraudulent charges on his credit card and that launched a four-month-long police investigation that revealed the couple purchased $758.19 worth of various items on June 4 and June 5 before the cards were canceled.
Riggs, the owner of the The Tumbling Room in Shelton, was also charged with conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, conspiracy to commit identity theft and criminal attempt to commit larceny in the sixth degree.
Liacos, who police said suffered a major brain injury in Vermont in 2013, was also charged with criminal impersonation, identity theft, and larceny in the fifth degree.
Trumbull police were able to identify Liacos with the help of the Shelton Police Department, which had his mugshot on record and which matched the images from the surveillance camera at TD Bank.
Liacos told police that he went into the bank with the wallet and its contents believing it belonged to Riggs, his girlfriend. He said he thought it was her credit card and that he didn’t realize what he was doing involved identity theft.
They were released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Police chase ends in DUI arrest
A Trumbull man was arrested for driving under the influence, engaging in a police pursuit, interfering with the duties of an officer, reckless driving, and operating an unregistered vehicle on Boston Avenue in Bridgeport at 1:22 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.
Police said William Hess, 49, of Wilson Avenue was observed driving down Old Town Road when an officer tried to pull him over.
According to a report, Hess drove away from the police cruiser and a pursuit started that went from Old Town Road to Route 127 and into Bridgeport.
The suspect was cornered at Boston Road under the Route 25 overpass, police said, and he told officers at the scene that he drove away because he was scared.
He failed all field sobriety tests and refused to take a Breathalyzer at police headquarters, the report said.
He was released on a $4,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Oct. 27.