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Car Windows Smashed, Person Spotted On Porch In Norwalk

Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- Several car windows were smashed and a person was seen lurking on a couple's back porch in the area of Beverly Place, Tracey Street and Nolan Street Extension early Friday morning, Norwalk police said.

The trouble began about 12:30 a.m. Friday, when a Beverly Place couple called police to report a suspicious person on their back deck. The couple heard dogs barking and saw a person crouching on the back deck of the house, police said.

The man was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The male resident went out to confront the stranger, who bolted from the deck, jumped a fence and ran off in the direction of Devon Avenue, police said.

The resident attempted to follow the man, but lost sight of him, police said. He saw a group of three men, who told him that they had seen a similar-looking man about a half-hour earlier, police said. He returned home and the couple called the police.

When officers arrived, they began searching the neighborhood. An officer on Nolan Avenue Extension was approached by a woman who said a family member's vehicle had been broken into and passenger side front window was broken.

Officers determined a purse that had been left on the front passenger seat had been taken, but nothing else had been disturbed.

Another officer canvassing Tracey Street approached a man getting into a parked car and asked whether he had seen anybody suspicious, police said. The man said he had found several cards on the street and put them on a nearby lamppost, police said. He gave them to the officer, who found a state ID card and an insurance card with an address on Tracey Street. The officer knocked on the door at the address, but the resident wasn't home.

He spoke to a neighbor and located the resident's car, which had a cracked front passenger window. The officer was then contacted by another officer, who had found a purse on Nolan Street Extension with the Tracey Street address on paperwork inside. There was also broken glass from the smashed window inside the purse, police said.

Another officer canvassing the neighborhood was approached by another Nolan Street Extension resident who said her car window had also been smashed. Nothing had been taken from the car, police said.

Police said that at one of the crime scenes they recovered a piece of paper with a drop of blood on it. The blood was still wet and it was determined it was not from the owner, police said. The paper was tagged as evidence, and the incidents remain under investigation.

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