The New Milford Police Department is seeking the public's help to identify a man, they say is a larceny suspect.

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On Sunday, Novemeber 27, 2022, the New Milford Police Department published the following statement to their Facebook page:

"Officer McIntyre is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the following suspect and suspect vehicle. The male and vehicle are suspected to have been involved in a Larceny at Stop and Shop."

In addition to the caption were two photos, this one

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And this one.

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Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer McIntyre at dmcintyre@newmilfordpolice.org

I'm a curious person by nature so posts, like this one, from authorities drive me mad. I want to know more, I need to know more so I'm going to work with what I have, and dissect this a bit. For starters, Merriam-Webster defines larceny as:

"the unlawful taking of personal property with intent to deprive the rightful owner of it permanently."

I get the concept but what property are we talking about? Since they included the photo of the car, it's possible the car was allegedly stolen? I needed to know more about CT larceny laws and according to criminaldefenselawyer.com

Larceny includes theft of property, services, utilities, and motor fuel, as well as:

Instead of dividing up many of these similar offenses, Connecticut combines most of them in its main larceny statute.

(Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-119 (2022).)

After digesting that information, I was even further from the answer. If I'm reading that right, a larceny suspect could be someone who steals a bag or groceries, or car. A larceny suspect could go to a Stop and Shop, to meet a friend and pickup a stolen washer machine from them. A larceny suspect could be someone who picks up my lost cell phone, puts it in their pocket and walks away.

Finally, I realized I was getting nowhere fast so I reached out to New Milford Police Chief Spencer Cerruto. Cerruto made the situation very clear, and seemed determined to find the suspect, writing:

"The larceny charge is for shoplifting from Stop and Shop on 11-10-22, over $500 in items pushed cart out without paying. Employees attempted to stop but he got in a black 4 door sedan possibly a Nissan. We are asking for the public's help in identifying this criminal. We are not going to let this go until we find the perpetrator. I want these thief’s to know that if they come to New Milford to steal and commit crimes that we will be relentless in our pursuit of justice. They will be tracked down and arrested. Criminals like this are a menace and have no respect for the property of others." 

Now it's crystal clear to me.

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