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Car Issues Get Norwalkers Arrested

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk man who sold a car, accepted the payment for it and then did not deliver the car was arrested Monday by Norwalk police. Christopher Gutierrez, 20, of 2 Tito St., sold the 2003 Saab on Sept. 27 to a man who gave him $4,000 on faith, Sgt. James Boff said.

Gutierrez was expected to have the car repaired but subsequently realized the car was worthless. He said he fell on hard times and spent the money, according to Boff, and would like to give it back but cannot.

Gutierrez was given until the end of November to come up with the cash. Police got a warrant, and Woodbridge police picked him up. He was charged with third-degree larceny. Bond was set at $10,000.

Also on the police blotter:

• A Norwalk woman whose boyfriend flipped her car Friday tried to cover up the deed by telling police the car had been stolen, Boff said. She confessed under questioning by a police officer.

According to Boff: Police found the red Honda on its roof at about 9 p.m. Friday at Lowe Street and Flax Hill Road. Witnesses said the driver, a heavy-set Hispanic man, got out and ran south.

Police went to a Soundview Avenue residence where the car was registered. Ana Lopez-Mandujano, 19, of 39 Allview Ave., said she had left the keys in the car when she parked, and it was missing. She did not seem surprised to hear the car had flipped. The officer was skeptical but filled out a stolen car report. She said her boyfriend was the only person who drove the car, until she mentioned two friends who also drive it. That was after the officer suggested he might be able to get fingerprints off the steering wheel.

When Lopez-Mandujano was asked to sign the completed form, the officer told her that she could be arrested if she signed a false report. She confessed: Her boyfriend was driving her to work when they had an accident. He left the scene because he was scared, and they decided to report the car stolen because he was not on the car insurance policy and it could cause problems for her parents.

Lopez-Mandujano was arrested and charged with second-offense falsely reporting an incident.

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