WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A White Plains man encountered quite a surprise when he returned to his 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser parked on Mamaroneck Avenue early Tuesday morning and found a Port Chester man was asleep behind the wheel.
After police were notified, Moises Ruezea, 36, was roused and ushered out of the car at about 3:30 a.m. The plastic molding surrounding the steering wheel and lights had been pulled out since the Toyota was parked. The dashboard buttons were hanging by wires. Although police were able to push the molding and buttons back in place, the ignition was damaged enough that it needed to be replaced at a cost of more than $300.
Ruezea seemed heavily intoxicated, according to police reports. He initially gave his name as John Doe when police arrested him for third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, and took his fingerprints.
Also from the police blotter:
Paul Lynch, 36, of White Plains, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for petit larceny, a misdemeanor, after police said he was caught shoplifting $206.44 worth of merchandise from Sears. Sears employees notified police after watching Lynch throw a pair of jeans and two shirts into his Sear's shopping bag and exiting the store.
Police discovered three graffiti markings Wednesday afternoon when a resident of 235 S. Lexington Ave. informed officials that a blue crown had recently appeared on a green box permanently placed in her yard. She told police the image first appeared on June 30. While on Lexington, police came across a similar tag on a dumpster located behind Magnotta's Pizzeria on Maple Avenue. A Magnotta's Pizzeria employee told officials the blue crown on their dumpster was first noticed on June 30th as well. The restaurant guessed it would cost around $100 to remove the graffiti. Police then noticed illegible blue writing on the municipal parking lot located at the Maple and Davis avenues intersection.
Officers arrested three White Plains men for fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor, a little after 7 p.m. Wednesday. Police noticed Luis Colon, 29, Gregory Trottman, 52, and Andy Maldonado, 36, passing a brown cigar between them, puffing and holding in its smoke for several moments before exhaling. After Trottman flicked the cigar on the floor and stepped on it, officers approached the three men outside of their 86 E. Post Rd. home. They discovered the cigar contained a greenish substance resembling a vegetable, which police believed to be marijuana.
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