A man stole a piece of heavy construction equipment and took out mailboxes, signs and barricades as he drove it down a residential street, Farmington police said. Adam Bergenty, 25, of Farmington, found the combination backhoe and bucket loader at a construction site on his street, where the town was doing roadwork, according to Farmington Police Lt. William Tyler. Operating the machine requires a master key, which Bergenty had from a previous job, police said. He was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal mischief, evading responsibility, interfering with an officer, operating under the influence, reckless driving and using a motor vehicle without permission
A Plainville man used a bag of Wise Dipsy Doodles Corn Chips to make a fake $600 deposit into an ATM in West Hartford, then withdrew $450 from the fraudulent deposit, West Hartford police said. A security official at Farmington Bank showed investigators “the empty Wise Dipsy Doodles bag used in the transaction and pointed out where the ATM machine attempted to date stamp it,” police said in an arrest warrant affidavit. James J. Mangene, 40, of Plainville, was arrested on two counts of sixth-degree larceny and two counts of fraudulent use of an ATM.
An apparent bathroom break went wrong for a South Windsor man who was charged by West Hartford police with trespassing at police headquarters on Raymond Road. Officers said they found the man wandering in areas normally off-limits to the public and that he was “unable to explain who he was and why he was in the police department.” Matthew J. Deffley, 24, of South Windsor, was arrested on charges of trespassing and interfering with an officer.
Less than two hours after Naugatuck police closed a road to deal with one drunken driving incident, another drunk driver crashed into a police cruiser at the scene, police said. The first incident involved a one-car crash into a telephone pole. The driver, Patrick McGuire, 22, of Shelton, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. About 90 minutes later, Timothy Stumpo, 52, of Naugatuck, drove a 2003 Ford Mustang through the police barricades and crashed into the rear of a parked cruiser, police said. He was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence.