The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign at Columbus Magnet School paid off Wednesday morning, according to Norwalk Police Sgt. Andre Velez, when a suspicious shopping cart was reported on school property. Velez, who investigated the 10:06 a.m. call, said the cart turned out to contain two wet stolen parking meters and five parking meter cartridges.
Police did not know where the digital meters had been stolen from, as the investigation had just begun. Velez thought the cartridges contained the battery and credit card readers but said the thief or thieves had probably been after coins.
The Norwalk Parking Authority planned to do an inventory and determine where the meters belonged, using their identification numbers.
Also on the police blotter:
A woman who went into Norwalk Hospital on Tuesday came out to find that the side mirrors on her SUV had been removed. The mirror housings on the GMC Yukon were still attached but the glass had been skillfully removed from both sides of the vehicle, Sgt. Lisa Cotto said.
The victim had gone into the hospital at 2:30 p.m. and came out at 8 p.m. Police were hoping the hospital's video surveillance footage might turn up clues.
A man called police Tuesday to say he had been assaulted in Norwalk Hospital's ER Room 54. The dispatcher said there was no Room 54. It turned out the man was in Norwalk, Calif. He was told to call his local police.
Police investigating a 2 a.m. alarm at the Norwalk YMCA on Tuesday found nothing unusual, and the building secure. When staff came in Tuesday morning, they had a different story: Surveillance video showed a man on the roof at 1:22 a.m. He jumped off when the police car arrived.
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