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Men Busted in Norwalk Cardboard Theft

Three men were arrested Monday night after allegedly pulling up to the loading area at Costco in a rented truck and attempting to steal two bundles of cardboard, Norwalk police say. Costco pays someone to take the cardboard for recycling.

Workers at the Connecticut Avenue store thought their regular guy was picking up the cardboard. When they realized it was someone else, one used a company truck to block in the alleged thieves. Then they called police at 10:14 p.m.

Steven Colon, 45, and Henry Vergara, 37, both of the Bronx, N.Y., were held on $2,500 bond each. Also arrested was Rafael Cruz, 32, but his address was unknown, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said. They were charged with sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy and criminal trespass. Costco employees told police that each bundle is worth $200.

Also on the police blotter:

• A police officer said he was "overwhelmed by the odor" when Jason Gadson, 25, of 127 S. Main St., rolled down his car window Monday night. Gadson had allegedly run a red light at 9:04 p.m. at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Lowe Street. When the officer looked inside the vehicle, he saw a "glassine bag" filled with a green leafy substance in the center console.

Police say Gadson had 11 little bags inside the larger one, containing a total of 13 grams of marijuana. He also had $200 cash.

He was charged with two counts of illegal manufacture, distribution and sale of prescription drugs, illegal possession near a school and sale, possession within distance of a school. Bond was set at $20,000.

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