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New Canaan Teen Faces Alcohol Charges

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Empty beer cans outside a vacant home resulted in the arrest of a New Canaan teen on alcohol and drug possession charges Sunday.

The 18-year-old boy was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor, failure to halt possession of alcohol by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia, all violations, police said.

Police said they received a call shortly before 7:50 a.m. Sunday from a Ponus Ridge Road resident who complained about beer cans and bottles in the front yard and driveway of a vacant neighboring home. Police said the man knocked on the door, but no one answered. While looking around, the man saw several boys asleep on a couch. Police said a window had been broken and that there was a marijuana pipe inside the home. They said the 18-year-old, who is the son of the home’s owner, and four other boys were in the house.

In other police news:

? Police are investigating a report that $80,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from an Oenoke Ridge home. Police said the owners had left at about 8 p.m. last Wednesday and returned an hour later to find that two jewelry cabinets in the bedroom had been entered. Police questioned the couple’s babysitter, but she had left the home at the same time as the residents. Police said fewer than a dozen pieces of jewelry were missing.  

? Stephen Martin, 39, of Norwalk, was arrested last week and charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, credit card theft, illegal use of a credit card and four counts of conspiracy. Norwalk Police picked him up on a warrant. New Canaan Police said Martin broke into a car at the New Canaan YMCA on Oct. 10, 2011. Martin appeared last Tuesday in Norwalk Superior Court. According to state court records, he is scheduled to appear again on May 10.

? Robert Avery, 59, of Deep Valley Road, was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated and risk of injury to a minor. Police said they got a call at about 4:38 p.m. saying that Avery was intoxicated and was in a vehicle with two children. Police found Avery on Valley Road. He was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, police said. Avery was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear on April 24 in Norwalk Superior Court.

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