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A Burglary on Blue Hills Road and a DUI

Officers are investigating a burglary and made a DUI arrest. Solicitors from an environmental group are now in town.

The following information was supplied by the Monroe Police Department. No arrested person is guilty until so judged in a court of law.

A DUI Arrest

A Bug Hill Road man was arrested for DUI at 5:27 p.m. Monday after police said he blew through a red light on Main Street, while turning left onto Route 59.

Police stopped the 2012 Mercedes Benz near the YMCA and the officer detected the strong odor of marijuana when the driver, Kambiz Najafzadeh, 51, opened his window, according to the report.

Police said Najafzadeh admitted to having smoked marijuana, saying it was medicinal for pain, and added that there was also medication he had not taken. But after stepping out of his car, police said Najafzadeh changed his story, saying he had not smoked marijuana and that the smell was coming from people in the nearby parking lot.

Field tests showed Najafzadeh was under the influence, leading to his arrest, according to police, who said Najafzadeh refused to submit to a urine test at police headquarters.

Najafzadeh was charged with DUI and failure to obey a traffic signal and released on $250 bond for an Oct. 30 court date.

Burglary on Blue Hills

The caretaker of a house on Blue Hills Road reported a burglary there on Wednesday in which $600 cash and a gold necklace were stolen. Police said entry was made by smashing the glass window of a door in back of the house.

Police said the caretaker told them he was last at the house on Oct. 18, so the crime could have been committed anytime during that period.

Group is Legit

Police want the public to be aware that volunteers with the Citizen Campaign for the Environment will be canvassing in Monroe, usually going door-to-door from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday for petitioning, a letter writing campaign and fundraising.

The non-profit group does not need a permit to do so and has notified police that they will be in the area. The organization's website is citizenscampaign.org.

Lt. Brian McCauley said residents can call police at (203) 261-3622 with any concerns.

Bill Bittar (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Just made a correction on the environmental group brief. As a non-profit they don't need a permit. Police said the organization is legit and informed them that they would be in town.
Carl Kolchak October 25, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This rash of burglaries is very disturbing. All in the same general neighborhood along with that young woman who was busted for heroin a few weeks ago. Can we expect to see some beefed up police patrols? Of course, if you leave your house unattended for a few months, don't mow the lawn and make it obvious that nobody lives there, it becomes an easy target. A few months ago someone stole copper pipes from a basement in a home that is for sale in this neighborhood as well. Time to buy that Rottweiler I always wanted.
jim laguardia October 25, 2012 at 08:01 PM
a lot of the information from the p.d. gets mixed up somehow in translation, not sure how
jim laguardia October 25, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I was trying to be nice when I said things get mixed up in translation, I too was a victim of a crime and the report of the incident and the ensuing arrest were completely wrong, when I contacted the writer directly I was told this was the information that was supplied by the p.d. but for the record the bridgeport paper also got the wrong information so I tend to believe the mistake was on the part of the p.d.
jim laguardia October 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Have you contacted the writer? He may be able to tell you where exactly the info came from.
Bill Bittar (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@ Bryant Patel I got the report over the phone and asked to see it today. I see that you were last there on Oct. 18 and put that in. I also saw how the mistake happened. Another person mentioned in the report said he wasn't at the house for 2 months. Sorry about the mistake and that you were burglarized.

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