Police: Homeless Man Apparently Breaks Into Car to Spend the Night, Then Gets Arrested

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A 34-year-old man apparently broke a window to get inside a vehicle parked outside Hollow Tree Self Storage and was found sleeping there, police said.

Darien police gave this account of the matter, including accusations not proven in court:

Police received a report of a man sleeping in an employee’s car late in the evening of Thursday,  Feb. 1. Officers were told that it appeared the man had smashed a window to get inside the vehicle. They went to the scene and found the man.

Police went to the scene and found the man. They told him to get out of the car, and the man did. He told police he was homeless and passing through town. His last known address, according to police, was in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The man refused to give police his name, then provided a false name and date of birth to officers. A police detective later found the man’s identity with help from “another agency,” the police announcement said.

The man was charged with interfering with an officer, second-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal mischief. He was held on a $5,000 bond and, the next morning, was taken to state Superior Court in Stamford. There he was released on a promise to appear in court on March 22.

According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch website, a man with the same first, middle and last name and birth year as the arrested man had been convicted last April in state Superior Court in Torrington after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. That charge stemmed from a February 2023 incident.

That same day in the same court, the man pleaded guilty to interfering with an officer in August 2021. He was given unconditional discharges in both cases.

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