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Three Fraud Incidents Share a Common Denominator

Officers made a DUI arrest and are investigating identity theft, a burglary and the theft of a generator.

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

Identity Theft

A 48-year-old Monroe woman told police $457.28 worth of fraudulent charges were made on her Chase Bank debit card.

A $75 purchase was made at Golden Pantry in Wayneboro, Ga., and $382.28 more was charged in France, police said.

The victim told officers she had used her debit card at a business establishment in Monroe on Feb. 1, and police said two other identity theft victims had also used their cards at that business. Police are not releasing the name of the business due to the pending investigation.

Burglary On Wells Road

Numerous pieces of jewelry were reported stolen from a dresser drawer in the master bedroom of a house for sale on Wells Road Feb. 3.

Police said the last time the homeowner saw her jewelry was on Dec. 29, adding she discovered the burglary when she went to get a piece of jewelry on the date of the report.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry and that the home was put up for sale over two years ago, so various Realtors and handymen have been inside the house.

The burglary is under investigation.

A DUI Arrest

An Ansonia man was arrested for drunken driving on Jan. 31 after being stopped for allegedly speeding on Pepper Street at around 6:36 p.m.

Janusz Snieg, 35, of Moulthrop Street was charged with DUI and traveling at an unreasonable speed. He was released on $500 bond for a Feb. 8 court date.

Police said Snieg was stopped after officers clocked his 2008 Lexus going 44 mph in a 25 mph zone. Snieg had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on him and appeared confused while looking through his papers, police said, adding he told the officer he had drank one beer.

Field tests determined Snieg was under the influence and breath tests at headquarters showed a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, according to police.

Theft of a Generator

A $500 Honda generator was reported stolen from a garage on Wheeler Road at 10 a.m. on Feb. 1. Police said there were no signs of forced entry.

Police said the house is for sale and the owner last saw her generator on Jan 23.

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