Ansonia Man Accused of Stealing from Locker Room at Staples High School

An Ansonia man is accused of stealing several items from the men’s locker room at Staples High School in Westport.

Police have arrested 46-year-old Artay Drinks, of Ansonia, after responding to the high school on Tuesday, Oct. 8 to investigate multiple reports of thefts from the men’s locker room.

Several victims reported that personal items that were left in the men’s locker room, including a backpack, electronics, and cash, had been stolen.

Police said they determined that all of the items had been taken within a brief timeframe and looked at surveillance video from the school hallways, which led to identifying Drinks as a suspect.

Drinks, police said, had apparently gone to the school, reporting that he was seeking to speak to the athletic director about a coaching job, identified himself, provided a cell phone number.

He was seen on camera leaving the locker room area carrying some of the items reported as stolen, police said.

On Monday morning, the Waterbury police department contacted Westport police to report that Drinks was in custody in connection with their arrest warrants, according to Westport Police, and Drinks was brought Westport Police headquarters.

He has been charged with larceny in the third degree, two counts of larceny in the fourth degree and larceny in the sixth degree.

Bond was set at $6,500, which Drinks was unable to post, police said.

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