Police News: Shoplifter Hits Three Stores, Burglary Arrest, DUI

Police say Stratford man was responsible for three residential burglaries in Orange.


Accused burglar arrested

served several warrants against a Stratford man who was in the Derby Superior Courthouse on other matters April 4 at 11 a.m.

According to the report, the warrants stemmed from three residential burglaries that took place on Nov. 15, 2011 on Herbert Street and Wheelers Farm Road.

Douglas Fast, 47, of 94 Everett St., was charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief and two counts of third-degree larceny.

Fast was arraigned later that day in court.


Shoplifting spree

Officers were dispatched to 54 Boston Post Road, regarding a shoplifting suspect that allegedly had taken merchandise from on April 2 at 7:52 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers found Edward Dias, 36, of 690 Jones Hill Road #24, West Haven, in possession of unpaid Burlington merchandise and unpaid merchandise from two nearby stores, and .

According to the report, officers also located a crack pipe in his possession. He was subsequently taken into custody and charged with three counts of sixth-degree larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dias was released on a promise to appear in court April 16.


Drunken driving

Officers on routine patrol reportedly saw a vehicle driving erratically on Old Tavern Road, April 3 at 6:27 p.m. 

According to the report, the vehicle, driven by Donald Ibsen, 50, of 193 Peck Ave., West Haven, was traveling faster than the posted speed limits and left its travel lane.

When Ibsen was stopped, officers administered standardized roadside sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. 

During the investigation, officers learned that Ibsen’s driver’s license has been suspended since 1988.

He was taken into custody and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Driving with a suspended license, failure to drive in a proper lane and traveling unreasonably fast.

Ibsen was released after posting $2,500 bond for court April 17.



Greg April 09, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thank you Orange Police for catching the burglar. It's been quiet lately and as always it's good to know we have a great police department looking out for us.


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