EnCon Police have arrested three men in connection to illegal deer hunting in Roxbury on Monday.
State EnCon Police and Woodbury Police said they have received numerous complaints of illegal deer hunting after sunset near Roxbury Airport.
A Woodbury Police officer who was conducting a check of the area around midnight on Monday saw a vehicle traveling along Route 317. The officer said the occupants were actively shining in the open grass fields, which is an area known to be frequented by deer. The officer suspected the occupants were illegally deer jacklighting and conducted a vehicle stop in Roxbury.
The occupants, later identified as 22-year-old Eftihios Marnelakis, 20-year-old Mihali Marnelakis and 21-year-old Jacob Parcell, all of Southbury, were found to be in possession of numerous flashlights and spotlights, ammunition, and multiple guns including a loaded, high-powered rifle, within the passenger compartment. Officers said there was also evidence of a recent deer kill processing in the bed of the pickup.
Police arrested the men and transported them to State Police Troop A in Southbury. They are all facing charges including hunting from a public roadway, possession of a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, jacklighting deer and negligent hunting. They were each released on a $5,000 surety bond and are scheduled to appear in court on November 8.