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Man Caught Trying Price Tag Switch

Kurt Schneider of Bridgeport tried to get himself a steep discount Monday morning at the Home Depot but ended up with a court date instead. Schneider, 21, placed a price tag for $49.97 on a ceiling fan worth $297. He then went through the store's self-checkout lane, but Home Depot's loss prevention employees saw the switch and stopped Schneider on his way out the door.

Fairfield Police charged Schneider with sixth-degree larceny. They released him on a promise to appear in court Sept. 26.

Also from the police blotter:

? A town employee reported the theft of 300 feet of copper wire Monday night. The metal was hanging on a spool between two utility poles on Old Academy Road overnight and was missing Tuesday morning. Police estimate its value at $75.

Lt. James Perez of the Fairfield police said stealing valuable metals, especially from unprotected targets such as utility poles and churches, is a growing problem in Fairfield. "If anyone sees someone suspicious—without a hard hat, without a uniform, without a utility truck—you should call the police," Perez said.

? A commuter reported the theft of his black Cannondale bicycle from the Fairfield Train Station on Monday. The resident said he left the bike worth $1,000 on the rack on the north side of the station at 10 a.m. When he returned at 2:30 p.m. it was gone. Police were investigating.

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