“I’ll Give You Back Your Stuff, Sir”
by Staff | Aug 17, 2012 3:24 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
Even as he ran away, bleeding, with stuff he snatched from a car on East Street, an alleged thief was offering to return it to the man chasing him.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Officer Mark Foster responded to Bender’s Plumbing near the corner of East Street and Grand Avenue in Fair Haven on a report of a fleeing thief. When cops arrived a Bender’s staffer was chasing a man who’d broken into a car, who was bleeding after cutting himself when he used a knife to smash out a car window.
The Bender’s worker told police he’d heard a car alarm, spotted the man breaking into a car, and then confronted him. The thief told him “I’ll give you back your stuff, sir,” and then “began offering him the items he’d stolen as he ran away,” Hartman said.
The worker lost sight of the thief when he “criss-crossed” the Farnam Courts housing complex. But then cops received a report that a bleeding man with a black bag was boarding a bus in front of a package store on Grand Avenue.
Officer Foster boarded the bus and spotted the man. The man was ID’d by witnesses as the car burglar. Foster arrested him on burglary and larceny charges.
The 37-year-old is a “career criminal” who has been arrested 19 times on weapons, assault, robbery, and probation violation charges. He was arrested recently by Branford cops while driving a car stolen from New Haven on Aug. 8. He had crack on him at the time of that arrest.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
State Marshal Assaulted
A 28-year-old man, already in custody for another crime, was arrested for assaulting a marshal.
The West Haven man was picked up Thursday by New Haven cops on two outstanding warrants. He was granted a phone call at 3:30 p.m. Later, at 9:20 p.m., state marshals let him out of his cell and allowed him to make a second call. On the way back, he “became problematic.” He refused to obey orders and then “became combative.”
“The handcuffed prisoner kicked one of the marshals and caused a 14 inch long laceration after striking him with the handcuffs,” Hartman said.
Marshals got him back in his cell even as he threatened to attack them again. Police charged him with assault of public safety personnel and threatening.
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