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Sunday, March 24 News

Alleged phone theft leads to narcotics arrests

DARIEN — A Waterbury woman and Morris man were arrested for possession of narcotics after allegedly attemping to steal a phone, police said.

On Dec. 31 at 1:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Verizon store on Post Road for report of a stolen phone. Officers were given a description and were able to locate and detaine the male and female suspects, identified as Lawrence Livolsi and Sennas Bayram.

Bayram, a 26-year-old Waterbury resident, was compliant with officers, according to police. But when Livolsi, a 29-year-old Morris resident, eventually removed his hands from his pockets, officers saw he was holding a used hypodermic needle, police said.

A subsequent search of Livolsi revealed a bundle of packaged heroin, a pipe used for smoking crack-cocaine, and a second hypodermic needle capped. While searching Bayram, officers found a cellphone with a security feature attached to it that is usually associated with it being tethered to a display counter, police said. Bayram allegedly denied stealing the phone, but the manager of the Verizon store identified it as the stolen phone.

While the suspects were taken into custody, they allegedly identified a nearby vehicle as theirs. K9 Kenny performed a free-air sniff of the vehicle, alerting to the presence of narcotics, police said. A search of the vehicle revealed a used syringe, a spoon and several small plastic baggies with white powder residue.

Bayram was charged with fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny, possession of narcotics and interfering with an officer. Livolsi was charged with fifth-degree larceny, drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics.

Both were released on $7,500 bonds and are scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 11.

dj.simmons@hearstmediact.com, 203-842-2568

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