Cops Tackle Downtown Thefts

Yale police have arrested one man they say was stealing laptops from a downtown coffeeshop. Now they’re on the lookout for another man who was stealing from downtown bars.

Yale police Sgt. Brian Donnelly announced those developments Tuesday.

According to Donnelly: Yale police arrested a man in his 20s in connection to the theft of two laptops from Blue State Coffee. The thefts took place at 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. The suspect, who is homeless, has been adept at “mixing into crowds” both in downtown coffee shops and on Yale’s campus, Donnelly said. He also faces previous charges for narcotics possession.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for another man on the prowl downtown. The man slipped into Rudy’s Bar at Chapel and Howe and stole a pocketbook. Then he went to Elm Bar, aka “old Rudy’s,” at Howe and Elm, and stole a laptop. The two thefts took place Friday at 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., Donnelly said. The man was caught on surveillance footage; he remains at large.

Sex Assault

Police are also looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman who was on her way to the train station Monday.

Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:

At 4:41 a.m. on Monday, a 41-year-old woman was on Columbus Avenue near Salem Street, walking to the train station, when a man grabbed her from behind. She struggled and tried to run. The man told her he had a knife and threatened to kill her.

The man sexually assaulted her several times.

Before she was taken to the hospital, the woman showed police where the attack had occurred.

“The perpetrator is described as a Hispanic man in his late thirties. He stands about 5’06” tall and has a slim build. He has black hair in a crew cut and is clean shaven. At the time of the attack he was wearing denim blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt over a white striped t-shirt and Timberland boots,” Hartman said.

Police ask that anyone with information about the crime contact detectives at (203) 946-6304.

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