FAIRFIELD, Conn. – An Echo chainsaw and leaf blower were reported stolen Wednesday from two different locations, police said.
A landscaping company working on Mine Hill Road reported that between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. an Echo backpack leaf blower, valued at $500, was taken from the front of the home where it was working, police said.
Workers said they had left the leaf blower in the front yard while working in the back, police said. An employee they saw a Hispanic male walk into the yard, leave and get into a red car, police said.
Home Depot reported that a light-skinned Hispanic man walked into its store, put an Echo chainsaw, valued at $299, into a basket before walking past all points of sale, police said. A cashier called a loss prevention agent, who attempted to stop him, police said.
The man went toward a green car and covered the rear license with a sheet of white paper, police said. The loss prevention agent got the license plate number before the paper was affixed, police said.
Police tracked the car to a home in Bridgeport but did not find the suspect. The man there is also a suspect in a shoplifting at Super Stop & Shop on Oct. 11.
The department was still investigating.