Police: Man, 48, in Motor Vehicle Accident, Wanted on Larceny Charges and Wanted by ICE

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A minor motor vehicle accident in a store parking lot led Darien police to arrest a 48-year-old man on charges of failure to appear in court on 2012 charges of larceny and violation of home improvement contract requirements.

Then police found he was wanted by Immigration Customs Enforcement.

Darien police described what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

At 1:36 p.m., police received a report of a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Trader Joe’s at 436 Post Road. One of the drivers was Nelson Berganza of Bridgeport.

A check of Berganza’s identification showed he was wanted for failing to appear in court on charges of third-degree larceny (a felony) and violation of home improvement contract requirements (a misdemeanor).

Stamford police had arrested him on accusations he had committed those crimes on March 17, 2012, and he was arrested three months later, on June 25, 2012. Three years later, on March 20, 2015, he was charged with failing to appear in court.

After Darien police confirmed that Berganza was still wanted on the failure to appear in court charge, he was arrested.  As he was being booked at Darien Police Headquarters, police found he had an immigration detainer filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

When Berganza, a resident of Glenville Avenue in Bridgeport, provided his court-set bond of $7,300, he was turned over to a federal ICE officer at 5:50 p.m. He is scheduled to appear Feb. 25 in state Superior Court in Stamford on the charge of failure to appear in court and the 2012 charges.

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