Daily Blotter – Dec. 19

A Roundup of All Things Criminal in CT

Police Look for Sand Stealers

Public works employees in West Haven are looking for the people who are stealing from their sand barrels.  As fast as city employees are filling sand barrels up, somebody is emptying them, according to Public Works Commissioner Beth Sabo. Sabo said she thinks private contractors are dumping whole barrels of the sand into the sanders on the back of their trucks.  At least one person has reported seeing a pickup truck pull up to a barrel and unload the sand into their truck, according to Sabo.  

Police Look for Jewel Thieves

State police are looking for three men who robbed a group of customers at gunpoint outside an Ellington jewelry store.  It happened Thursday night outside the Gold & Diamond Exchange on West Road. Investigators said the thieves duct-taped victims, ordered them into the back of a pick-up truck and took cash and other items. The store itself was not robbed. The thieves were last seen on Route 83.

Gift Card Scheme

Three Sears employees were involved in a gift card scheme, according to Milford police. Sears corporate investigators detected the scheme at the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall location after Danson Clement, 20, of Bridgeport, apparently tried to activate $4,000 worth of gift cards. Clement is the only employee charged in what police are calling a $35,000 scheme. 

Amn Out of Jail, Gets  New Trial

A man who has spent more than 20 years in prison for a crime it now appears he did not commit is out of jail and will get a new trial. Miguel Roman was convicted in 1988 for the brutal slaying of his girlfriend ,17-year old Carmen Lopez. However, a second look at DNA evidence led to the arrest of another man, Pedro Miranda, who has also been charged with two other cold case murders. Roman's case is being handled by the Connecticut Innocence Project. A new trial will begin in January.

Police: Waterbury Man is Charity Crook

Shelton police have charged a Waterbury man with keeping money he was collecting through fundraisers for the family of a police officer who is battling cancer. Frank Delmastro, 41, is charged with third-degree larceny and violation of charity solicitation requirements. Shelton police said Delmastro volunteered to coordinate a fundraiser late last year for Officer Jay Silva. The effort included placing jars in area businesses for donations as well as a charity basketball event featuring a team similar to the Harlem Globetrotters. The money was to go into a fund established for Silva's 7-year-old daughter. Police say it's impossible to determine exactly how much may have been taken. Delmastro has been released from jail after posting bond.

Sex Trafficker to Be Sentenced Sex Trafficker to Be Sentenced

A New York man who brought a 12-year-old to Connecticut to work as a prostitute will be sentenced in Bridgeport federal court Friday for a sex trafficking charge.

Corey "Magnificent" Davis pleaded guilty but tried to withdraw the plea. Last month federal Judge Janet Hall rejected the effort and ruled that Davis was advised of his rights and entered the plea voluntarily. She also said his delay in claiming innocence for eight months after his guilty plea undercut his claim.

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