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Sunday, December 17 News

Bridgeport man wanted for ID thefts stopped boarding flight to Spain

NEW CANAAN — A 29-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested on a warrant while attempting to board a flight to Spain after he allegedly stole over $11,000 from patients at a New Canaan treatment facility.

Drew Eccleston, of Bond Street, was taken into custody by authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to board a flight to Barcelona on Aug. 2. The Bridgeport man was wanted out of New Canaan for larceny and identity theft after a police investigation determined he allegedly stole funds from residents at a New Canaan treatment facility where he was working.

On March 28, police took a complaint of an identity theft from a resident at the New Canaan facility. On April 18, another complaint of a similar nature was filed by another patient at the facility. The New Canaan police department launched an investigation into the complaints and identified a suspect, Eccleston, who an employee at the facility during the time the patients had their identities stolen. Police said further investigation showed Eccleston used the $11,000 he stole to buy items online from Amazon, as well as open an account with Southern Connecticut Gas for a resident in Bridgeport. Based on that, New Canaan police obtained a warrant for Eccleston’s arrest.

On Aug. 1, Department of Homeland Security officers at Kennedy Airport contacted New Canaan police to alert them Eccleston was booked on an international flight to Barcelona, set to depart Aug. 2.

Eccleston was taken into custody while trying to board the flight and New Canaan police went to Queens, N.Y. on Aug. 4 to pick him up. The Bridgeport man waived his right to an extradition hearing and was brought to New Canaan Police headquarters. He was charged with two counts of third-degree larceny, first-degree identity theft and second-degree identity theft. He was held on a $50,000 bond and appeared in court Aug. 7.

EKayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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