Three men were arrested by state Environmental Conservation Police for illegal deer hunting.
The men, all from Southbury, were arrested Monday with the assistance of Woodbury Police and the Connecticut State Police after receiving numerous complaints of illegal deer hunting after sunset near the Roxbury Airport, said the EnCon Police.
A proactive Woodbury Police officer was conducting a patrol check of the area after midnight on Monday when they observed a vehicle traveling along Route 317 with the occupants actively shining the open grass fields, a prime deer habitat.
The officer suspected the occupants of illegal deer "jacklighting," and conducted a motor vehicle stop in Roxbury, police said.
The occupants were identified as Eftihios Marnelakis, 22; Mihali Marnelakis, 20; and Jacob Parcell, 21, were found to be in possession of numerous flashlights/spotlight, ammunition, and multiple firearms, including a loaded high- powered rifle, within the passenger compartment as well as evidence of a recent deer kill processing in the bed of the pickup.
All three were arrested and charged with hunting from a public roadway, possession of a loaded weapon in a motor vehicle, jacklighting deer, and negligent hunting.
They were each released on a $5,000 surety bond and are scheduled to appear on Nov. 8.
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