Police investigators in Fairfield County busted a man who allegedly attempted to pawn off a pair of stolen leaf blowers taken from a landscaper’s truck, authorities announced.
On Monday, Nov. 8, officers from Darien Police Department responded at Pembroke Road to a call about a backpack leaf blower theft. It was taken from a work vehicle on Monday, Nov. 8, between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 pm.
Police noted that the incident occurred two days after a similar one on Deerfield Road.
Police stated that a dark-colored sedan pulled up next to the truck via surveillance cameras. The suspect was then captured with the leaf blower, and fled from the vehicle.
Police report that Darien detectives looked for leaf blowers in pawn transactions. They found one at a Norwalk store that matches the serial number.
Police investigators reached out to the pawnshop to find that the employee also stated that they had the second leaf blower. Christopher Pomponi (age 56), of Norwalk, sold them.
Investigators discovered that Pomponi arrived at the shop in a dark sedan. This was the same color as the sedan that was pulled up next to the truck.
Police said that the pawnshop transaction receipts were on the same date of the thefts and time-stamped within close proximity of the thefts, and a warrant was issued for Pomponi’s arrest on Thursday, Nov. 18.
Pomponi was taken into custody on Monday, November 22, without incident and charged with two counts of fifth-degree theft. He was released on a $35,000 bond and is due to appear in court Monday Dec. 6.
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