A lengthy investigation led to the arrest of a man that allegedly orchestrated an elaborate scheme to scam someone moving from Westport to California, who has been extradited to Connecticut to face charges.
The Westport Police Department received a report on Aug. 16 last year from a resident in California who had contracted with a moving company in Brooklyn to move her possessions from her former Westport residence to her new home on the west coast.
Police said that the woman reported to investigators that her property never arrived in California, and had been unable to reach the moving company, prompting an investigation that was turned over to the Westport Police Department Detective Bureau.
According to police, investigators determined that the woman made an initial payment to the “owner” of the moving company - Hollis resident Kirk Gillums, 54 - with the balance of the contract paid on the day of the move. When the items never arrived, the woman contacted police in Westport.
The woman eventually tracked down Gillums, who advised that the woman’s property was being held in Brooklyn, and she would need to pay additional money for it to be released and delivered, forcing the woman to hire a second company to move her property from Brooklyn to California.
Westport Police Det. Marc Heinmiller tracked down the main suspect, Gillums, and an arrest warrant was obtained. Gillums was arrested recently and charged with second-degree larceny. Last week, Gillums was extradited back to Connecticut from New York, where he is currently being held on $25,000 bond following arraignment in Norwalk Court.
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