Thursday, December 11, 2014

Drive-By Malware, Phishing, Vishing & Phone Scams


A senior citizen from Haddam recently reported that he was victim of a cyber scam, and was accused of viewing child pornography. His computer was locked with an attached false message demanding payment.
   
The Federal Bureau of Investigation website described the scam as "drive-by malware" because unlike many viruses—which activate when users open a file or attachment—this one can install itself when users simply click on a compromised website. 

Once infected, the victim's computer immediately locks, and the monitor displays a screen stating there has been a violation of federal law.

The bogus message goes on to say that the user’s Internet address was identified by the FBI or the Department of Justice’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section as having been associated with child pornography sites or other illegal online activity. 

To unlock their machines, users are instructed that they are required to pay a fine using a prepaid money card service.  

For further information regarding this scam, go to the FBI link: http://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2012/august/new-internet-scam

For FBI contact information:

 ~Trooper Enrico Milardo
 Haddam Resident State Trooper


"Phishing" is a form of Internet fraud that utilizes spoofed e-mails to lead the recipient to a false website. The false website is designed to trick the recipient into disclosing financial information such as credit card numbers, account usernames, passwords and social security numbers.

"Vishing", also known as "voice" phishing over the phone, is the practice of criminals whose main intent is to collect sensitive or personal information through the use of the telephone. This type of scam usually involves a spoofed (false) telephone number that appears to be a legitimate company. If you are ever in doubt of the call, hang up and call the business back using their main line and not the one they provide you.

An East Haddam resident recently reported receiving several repeat phone calls from a person claiming to be a representative from the telephone/internet company, offering to correct some recent problems that had been reported, related to the resident's internet service.

The caller went on to request that the resident would need to turn on their computer for further instructions.

The number, as it was registered on the resident's Caller ID, as 254-784-5226, was only identified as a "Wireless Caller".

An internet search on this particular phone number revealed further activity of the same nature, as reported on the following website:


If you think you have become a victim of this type of telephone-solicited fraud and that your personal and/or financial information has been compromised, you may contact the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226.


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Friday, December 5, 2014

Bullet Into Residence, Criminal Trespass, Burglary, Larceny, Forgery, DUI and Speeding through 12-1-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

CRIMINAL TRESPASS AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT - On Nov. 16 at approximately 6:01 a.m., Thomas Kabara, 31, of East Haddam-Moodus Road, Moodus was arrested by East Hampton Police and charged with 2nd-Degree Criminal Trespass and 2nd-Degree Disorderly Conduct. Kabara was released on a $500 bond with a Promise to Appear and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 11/25/14.

BURGLARY, LARCENY, FORGERY AND ILLEGAL USE OF A CREDIT CARD - On Nov. 17 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Sarah Peckham, 41, of Babcock Road, East Haddam was arrested, based on an active warrant, and charged with 3rd-Degree Burglary, 3rd-Degree Larceny, 3rd-Degree Forgery and Illegal Use of a Credit Card. Peckham was held on a $100,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on the same day.

BULLET INTO RESIDENCE - On Nov. 18 at approximately 4:05 p.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to investigate a complaint at a home on East Shore Drive, in the Lake Hayward section of East Haddam. A window had been shattered, and a .22 caliber bullet was discovered inside the dwelling. According to police, the bullet had entered through a window located on the lower level of the house and impacted a cabinet before bouncing off and landing in an empty dog bed on the floor. The homeowner was upstairs at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported, and the case is under investigation. Anyone with possible information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. MAILBOX AND UTILITY POLE - On Nov.19 at approximately 1:33 p.m., Leo Limieux, 70, of Allen Street, Portland was traveling westbound on the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike in East Haddam in the area of Stocking Lot Road, driving a 2012 Nissan Rogue. Police said that as Limieux attempted to maneuver his vehicle through a section of roadway where construction work was in progress, he struck a mailbox and utility pole. No injuries were reported. Limieux was issued a verbal warning for Failure to Drive in the Proper Lane, and the accident is under investigation.

FAILURE TO RESPOND TO AN INFRACTION - On Nov. 21 at approximately 8:45 a.m., Gabriel Soucie, 20, of O'Connell Road, East Haddam was located by Colchester Police at the Mobil Gas Station on Old Hartford Road in Colchester. Soucie was taken into custody without incident, pursuant to an active warrant for the above charge. He was later released on a $150 bond and given a court date of 12/9/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS, SPEEDING AND OPERATING AN UNREGISTERED MOTOR-VEHICLE - On Nov. 28 at approximately 11:24 p.m., State Police initiated a motor-vehicle stop for Speeding on Route 434 in East Haddam. A subsequent investigation developed probable cause that the driver was operating under the influence of drugs. David Trotochaud, Jr., 43, address unknown, of East Haddam was taken into custody and charged with the above violations. Trotochaud was released on a $500 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 12/15/14.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On Nov. 29 at approximately 4:58 a.m., Owen Blaschik, 26, of East Haddam-Moodus Road, Moodus was traveling westbound on the East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike in East Haddam, in the area of Falls-Bashan Road, operating a 2004 Honda Civic. Police said that Blaschik crossed over and traveled off the left side of the roadway and collided with a tree. He refused transport to an area hospital for evaluation and medical treatment, but was issued an infraction for Failure to Drive Upon the Right.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. TREE - On Dec.1 at approximately 7:15 a.m., Justin Goodreau, 25, of Waterhole Road, East Hampton was traveling eastbound on Mount Parnassus Road in East Haddam, in a 1998 Audi A-4. Police said that as Goodreau was turning left onto Schulman-Veselak Road, his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree. No injuries were reported. Goodreau was issued a written warning for Failure to Drive in the Proper Lane, and the accident remains under investigation.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

East Haddam Police: Stuff-a-Cruiser Christmas Toy Drive


The East Haddam Police Officers and Resident State Troopers will host our 9th Annual "Stuff a Cruiser Toy Drive" this coming Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event will be held at the Nathan Hale Plaza located at 26 Falls Road, Route 149 in Moodus.
New, unwrapped toys are needed for children from infants to age 18. In addition to toys, donations of hats, gloves, scarves and socks are needed for children of all ages.  All donations will be distributed through East Haddam Youth and Family Service (EHYFS) to children within the community.
Any family in East Haddam or Moodus that is in need of assistance during the holiday with gifts for their children should contact Kaitlin Hagan at EHYFS.  She can be reached at 860-873-3296.
For additional information on the Stuff a Cruiser Event please contact Trooper Ian Hawes at 860-537-7555 x 4008, Officer Craig Mansfield at 860-873-6019 or email  police@easthaddam.org.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Lost & Found: Service Dog "Bella"



On Wednesday, November 12, 2014...


If you happen to be out hiking in the Salmon River State Forest, anywhere from the Day Pond State Park, Route 149  in Westchester to the Comstock Bridge, Route 16 (East Hampton) area, please keep an eye out for "Bella".

She's a black, grey and white Siberian Husky with brown eyes, and has a service dog ID tag attached to her collar.

Bella was lost on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 while out on a walk.

If you see Bella or are able to bring her home, please contact Christin at 860-574-4117. 


UPDATE:  Sunday, November 16, 2014...

After several days of searching for "Bella", a passing motorist had observed a dog wandering along the busy section of Route 149 in the area of the Westchester Plaza, and had recognized her from one of the many posters that had been placed in store windows.

The unidentified Good Samaritan was able to coax Bella into their vehicle, and then immediately called Christin on her cell phone to arrange the VERY happy reunion!

Bella had originally gone missing after a 6-mile hike at the Salmon River State Forest, and had darted away just as Christin was putting her into the car to leave the Day Pond State Park to head home. 

*Christin writes:​


My baby has been found and 
​is ​
home! Thank you so so much for your help!
​​
Thank you, 
Christin and Bella :))






Friday, November 14, 2014

Burglary, Larceny, Vandalism, Speeding and Failure to Comply with Emissions Inspections through 11-5-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

LARCENY & VANDALISM - On Nov. 3 at approximately 7:13 a.m., East Haddam Police received a complaint of several car batteries being stolen from vehicles that were parked at Moodus Auto on William F. Palmer Road in Moodus over the course of the weekend. A side window was shattered on one of the vehicles to gain entry. Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226.

BURGLARY & LARCENY - On Nov. 5 at approximately 7:00 a.m., State Police received a complaint from a Shore Road, East Haddam resident. Sometime between Thursday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 5, unknown person(s) gained entry to the home by breaking a window on the front door. Police said that boxes of ammunition were stolen. The incident is under investigation, and anyone with possible information is asked to contact Trooper Joshua McElroy at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K at 1-860-465-5400, Ext.# 4066.

SPEEDING & FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH EMISSIONS INSPECTION - On Nov. 5 at approximately 5:37 a.m., Damon Jansky, 21, of North Moodus Road, Moodus was issued a court summons for the above violations. Jansky was released on a Promise to Appear and scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on 11/18/14.


An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Stolen Guns, Chainsaw, Leaf-Blower, X-Box and TV's, Vandalism, Keys Found, DUI and Failure to Appear in Court through 10-27-14


The East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester report the following incidents:

BURGLARY AND LARCENY - On Oct. 14 at approximately 12:53 p.m., East Haddam Police received a report from a Palmer Martin Road, East Haddam resident that their home had been broken into, sometime after 10:15 a.m. A large safe containing handguns was taken from inside the home. Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Officer Jeff Rhoades at 860-891-8200.

LOST & FOUND - On Oct. 15 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a set of keys were found at the intersection of Palmer Martin Road & Route 82. One of the keys has been described as belonging to a Kia vehicle. If these keys belong to you, please contact Officer Jeff Rhoades at 860-891-8200 to claim them.

LARCENY - On Oct. 15 at approximately 6:50 p.m., Craig LeMay, 56, of Taftbrook Road, East Dover, Vermont, turned himself in to Troop K, based on an active warrant and was arrested and charged with 3rd-Degree Larceny. LeMay was held on a $10,000 bond and scheduled to appear at Middletown Superior Court on 10/16/14.

FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT - On Oct. 20 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Steven Mims, 36, of AP Gates Road, East Haddam was arrested and charged with 1st and 2nd-Degree Failure to Appear in Court, based on (2) active warrants. Mims was held on bonds totaling $12,500 and given a court date of 10/27/14 at Middletown Superior Court.

LARCENY FROM A MOTOR-VEHICLE - On Oct. 21 at approximately 3:18 p.m., East Haddam Police received a report from a Hopyard Road, East Haddam resident. An orange & white Husqvarna chainsaw (model#385-xp), Stihl back-pack leaf blower, orange and black (model#BR-600), Honda Inverter portable generator (camouflage color pattern), 22" Vizio LED-HD television set, Samsung 32" LED-HD television set, Samsung Blu-ray DVD player, Onkyo audio/video receiver, Microsoft X-Box high-speed game console (model#TF-141)  and some other miscellaneous items were taken from the bed of the victim's pick-up truck. Anyone with possible information about this incident is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND/OR DRUGS AND OPERATING A MOTOR-VEHICLE WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE - On Oct. 24 at approximately 12:52 a.m., Michael Sadlier, 36, of Parkside Drive, Colchester was arrested and charged with the above violations. Sadlier was held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear later the same day at Middletown Superior Court.

VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On Oct.24 at approximately 9:13 a.m., an employee of the East Haddam Fish & Game Club reported that their John Deere tractor had been damaged, as it was parked in the area of Wickham Road in East Haddam. Anyone with possible information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabeinikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice-mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENT - On Oct. 27 at approximately 4:46 p.m., Darleen Tourville, 61, of Melrose Street, Glastonbury was stopped in the eastbound lane on Leesville Road in a 2009 Nissan Sentra, waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Neptune Avenue in Moodus. Michael Foster, 21, of Main Street, Ivoryton was traveling in the same direction on Leesville Road, behind Tourville in a 2013 Freightliner Sprinter. Police said that Foster did not realize that Tourville was stopped, and subsequently struck her vehicle from behind. Tourville was uninjured, however a passenger in her vehicle, Beverly Mosher, 87, of Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough complained of a minor leg injury. Mosher informed police that she intended to seek evaluation and treatment on her own. Foster was uninjured, but police found him to be at fault and issued him an infraction for Failure to Drive a Reasonable Distance Apart. Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene.


An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and any individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Vandalism and Criminal Mischief, Burglary and Motor-Vehicle Accidents through 10-8-14


The following information was provided by the East Haddam Police and the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester:


TWO-CAR COLLISION - On Oct. 2 at approximately 7:28 a.m., Mark Mieszkowicz, 52, of Falls Circle, Colchester was traveling southbound on Sipples Hill (Route 149) in Moodus in the area of Eli Chapman Road, operating a 2004 Chevy TrailBlazer. Michael Michalski, 42, of Falls-Bashan Road, Moodus was driving a 2003 Toyota Corolla in the northbound lane and crossed over the double-yellow center line, according to police, while navigating the sweeping corner of the roadway. Michalski's driver-side mirror reportedly struck Mieszkowicz's vehicle on the rear driver's side. No injuries were reported, and the accident is under investigation.

VANDALISM AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF - On Oct. 3 at approximately 10:36 a.m., East Haddam Police were dispatched to a Gristmill Road, Moodus residence to investigate a complaint of unknown person(s) that had driven through the yard, causing damage to the lawn. The incident is currently under investigation, and anyone who may have information is asked to contact Corporal Karl Karabienikoff at the East Haddam Resident Troopers' Office at 860-873-1226. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, you may leave a voice mail on the (confidential) Crime Tip Line at 860-873-5013.

MOTOR-VEHICLE VS. UTILITY POLE - On Oct. 7 at approximately 2:22 p.m., Joseph Bartucca, 61, of Warner Road, East Haddam was traveling southbound on Warner Road, just prior to Ridgebury Road in a 2014 Chevy Cruze. Police said that Bartucca drifted off of the right side of the road, striking a utility pole and snapping it in half. No injuries were reported, but the accident remains under investigation.

BURGLARY - On Oct. 8 at approximately 4:09 p.m., State Police received a complaint from a resident of O'Connell Road Extension, near the East Haddam-Colchester town line, regarding a burglary at their home. The incident was reported to have occurred at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6th. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall with a stocky-build and a full, dark-brown beard. Anyone with possible information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact Trooper Kristin Coit at the Connecticut State Police, Troop K in Colchester at 860-537-7500.

An arrest or infraction does not indicate a conviction, and all individuals listed in these reports are considered innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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