Police Reports: Her Grandson's Not in Peru and This Isn't Naugatuck

A man arrested for drunken driving didn't know where he was, a fraud victim sent money to Peru, a teen driver had a big fine for passing a school bus, vandalism was reported, and a spirit shop refused to sell to a minor

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


No Grandson in Peru

A 72-year-old Northbrook Condominiums resident told police she had received a phone call from a man saying he was her grandson and that he had just gotten into an accident in Peru and needed $1,900 to cover damages. He instructed her to send him the money to an address in Peru via Western Union.

Police said she sent the money order from the Western Union office in Big Y, before she let her grandson's mother know about the situation and was told it was a ruse. The grandmother tried to cancel the money order, but it was too late. The con artist already picked it up.

A Milford man in February and another Monroe grandmother was earlier this month.


A DUI on Main

A Prospect man arrested for DUI near the Monroe and Newtown town lines on Main Street at just after midnight Monday, told officers he thought he was in Naugatuck, according to the police report.

Kevin Papcun, 54, of Salem Road was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane. He was released on $500 bond for a June 26 court date.

At approximately 12:01 a.m., Newtown police notified a Monroe dispatcher that an erratic driver was entering town on Route 25. Police said an officer stopped Papcun's '98 Dodge pickup truck near Verna Road moments later.

Papcun had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on him, according to police. Police said Papcun told the officer he was headed to Prospect and when asked where he thought he currently was, he said Naugatuck.

Fields tests determined he was under the influence leading to his arrest and breath tests performed at police headquarters showed a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, according to the report.


A Hefty Fine

A 17-year-old Monroe male driving his parents' car received a $465 infraction for passing a standing school bus at 9:33 a.m. on June 12.

Police said a Wheeler Road resident called after seeing a vehicle pass a school bus loading children with its red lights flashing and stop sign out. An officer then spoke to the bus driver, who had jotted down the license plate number, according to the report.


Glen-Ro Employee on the Ball

An underage male tried to purchase alcohol from , 487 Monroe Turnpike, using a fake Illinois driver's license at around 6:41 p.m. on June 15, but left the store after the clerk questioned the authenticity of the I.D.

Police said an officer tracked down the minor's parents in Trumbull and gave the male a verbal warning.

Lt. Brian McCauley praised Glen-Ro Spirit Shoppe for enforcing liquor laws. "We're very pleased that their employees are on the ball and preventing underage kids from buying alcohol," he said.


Broken Windows

An 18-year-old Monroe resident told police he had parked his 2000 Saturn at a friend's house in the vicinity of Village Green Lane when it was vandalized overnight. The next day, police said he found that windows were broken. Police said nothing appears to have been taken.


Eggs, Shaving Cream and Toilet Paper

A 34-year-old Northbrook Condominiums resident told police June 12 that someone had covered her car with yolk from a dozen eggs, shaving cream and toilet paper sometime overnight between June 9 and 10.

She decided to file the report on June 12 because a female co-worker at her job in Trumbull told her she had a similar vandalism incident at her house, according to the report.


Lawn Damage

A Richards Drive resident told police June 16 that someone had left 50 feet of tire tracks on his front lawn for an estimated $400 worth of damage.

KikiMoon June 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
There are an awful lot of elderly people in Monroe getting hit with the 'Your Grandsons in jail in ___" scam. How are these people in S. America and the West Indies getting so many Monroe numbers?
dolphinlover June 19, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I work at a local store that has Western Union. About a yr ago this similar scam was running and we tried as well as Peoples United Bank to warn the elderly customer that this was a scam. We called W.U. to stop the payment to try and help her. She came back an hr later and insisted we take the hold off and send the money . In the end she was bilked out of over $23k and insisted it was legit. You can only do so much and then say "the customer is always right". So Carl, we do look out for scams but you can only do what the customer wants.
J June 19, 2012 at 01:55 AM
John F, if you are not old yet, you will be. However, apparently already not so bright.
Carl Kolchak June 19, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Wow. I guess Forrest Gump was right: Stupid is as stupid does... even if you're 80 years old. You'd think that someone who lived that long might have learned some common sense, but...
Larry Cass June 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Well Qwerty, Obviously you live under a rock. It is our livelihood to card everyone who looks under 30 or younger than me appearance wise!! In the two years my wife and I have owned the store, we have had (with the ON THE BALL STAFF) 4 different minors arrested for trying to procure alcohol. Also, 2 DUI's were called in from me for persons in our parking lot that DID NOT purchase at our store prior to their arrest. Any further qustions about our policy, I would love to discuss with a real person who isn't afraid to show their identity!!!


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