Sandy Hook man charged in burglary of landscaping equipment

MONROE, CT – A Sandy Hook man surrendered on July 9th with an arrest warrant for breaking into a storage container at a landscaping company on Pepper Street, which was reported on June 19.

Eric Carmichael, 45, of Berkshire Road, has been charged with third degree burglary and third degree theft. He was released on a July 20 trial on $ 1,000 bail.

In June, a storage bin lock was broken and $ 5,775 worth of equipment was taken, including six chainsaws, a snatch block hand tool reel, and 50 feet of rope, police said.

During their investigation, police identified Carmichael as a former employee, and when officers went to his house to speak to him, the report said one of the stolen chainsaws was behind a pickup truck.

Police said the owner of the truck told them he had received the chainsaw as payment for working on Carmichael’s house.

Mailbox vandalism on Hannah Lane

Four mailboxes were damaged by a group of men on Hannah Lane Sunday.

Police said a homeowner took still photos with a surveillance camera showing five men walking down Hannah Drive, stopping at the end of its driveway, destroying his mailbox, and running away around 1:15 a.m.

The local resident didn’t recognize any of them, police said, adding that the mailbox had been knocked over and caused about $ 100 worth of damage.

Three other mailboxes on the street were also destroyed.

Identity thief buys a laptop

A local man told police that someone fraudulently used their Walmart account to purchase a $ 456 laptop online, according to a police report Tuesday.

The victim has already contacted the major credit bureaus and is currently checking his creditworthiness, the police said.

Damage caused by tropical storm Elsa

Tropical Storm Elsa left some damage last Friday when strong winds knocked wires and trees in some parts of the city.

Firefighters responded to a transformer fire on Camelot Drive near Barn Hill Road at around 11:14 a.m.

Police reported Eversource to several cables that were on the streets of Captains Hill and Brinsmaid on Barn Hill. A wire hanging in front of the 160 block of Barn Hill was low enough to hit a passing truck. Police said the wire was not under tension.

A section of Barn Hill Road has been blocked from Summer View Drive to Nickel Place.

In another report, a tree fell on wires and onto the street on Pepper Street off Route 25, police said.

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