Two accused of taking chiller

Ervin James, 53, of 52 Arlington Road and David Bruce, 52, of 41 Stillwater Ave., both in Stamford, were arrested on Tuesday, April 9, on charges of fourth-degree larceny.

Police said the owner of Sanda's Cleaners, 178 Heights Road, told them that at around 10 a.m., a green Ford Econoline van pulled up to the rear of his establishment and removed a chiller, a device that cools the water needed to run the dry-cleaning machines. The chiller is valued at $2,000.

According to the report, an investigation showed that the chiller was sold for scrap at LaJoie's Scrap Metal and Recycling in Norwalk later in the day. Identification was taken from LaJoie's and determined to be that of James, police said.

James learned that the Darien police were asking about him so both he and Bruce decided to return to Sanda's Cleaners to attempt to rectify the situation, said police, who were called to the business. The chiller was returned to Sanda's Cleaners.

During a search of James' van, a small bag of marijuana was located over the sun visor, so he was charged with possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana, according to police.

Both were released on a written promise to appear in court on Monday, April 22.

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