Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ebenezer had nothing on this heist

Police found the Branford couple who allegedly are the Scrooges who nearly ruined the annual Fantasy of Lights holiday display.

NEW HAVEN — Police Tuesday arrested the two suspects who were wanted in connection with the theft of power cables that left a portion of the annual Fantasy of Lights display in the dark.
Detectives found David John Tobey, 27, and his girlfriend, Amy Folland, 30, both shown at the Branford house of Tobey’s mother when they went there to deliver paperwork from a weekend search warrant they served at that location, said Sgt. Steve Shea.
The two were arrested on larceny and conspiracy warrants with bail of $500,000 for Tobey and $200,000 for Folland, police said.
Tobey and Folland, who police say have a history of substance abuse, are accused of stealing hundreds of feet of electrical cables that powered about a dozen of the nearly 70 displays that were being erected at Lighthouse Park. The next day, Officer David Murgo spoke to a witness who provided a description of a suspicious vehicle she saw near there. Detectives Scott Branfuhr and James Naccarato visited local scrap yards and ultimately identified the suspects.
Easter Seals Goodwill Industries puts on the annual display as a fundraiser and between 12,000 and 15,000 people visit it each year.
In the wake of the theft, volunteers gave their services and equipment to restore electricity to the darkened displays. The event is set to kick off Friday.

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