Westport police arrest two in Staples sports calendar scam
Published 7:04 am, Saturday, November 13, 2010
Two out-of-towners have been charged with attempting to scam local Westport businesses into donating money to support a Staples High School athletics calendar.
Matthew Deedon, 45 of Norwalk and Troy Stephens, 39, of Derby, each were arrested Thursday on charges of conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny.
Deedon also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after police found packaging for suspected narcotics in his vehicle.
Police were alerted to the alleged scam by the store manager of the Dress Code, 578 Post Road. The manager told police that a man came to the store around 3:30 p.m. Thursday to solicit funds for the calendar. She had been warned by other merchants that it was a scam and did not make a "donation," and instead called police. Detectives were dispatched to the scene along with patrol units and found the two suspects in a vehicle outside of the store. A search of the vehicle revealed the drug paraphernalia, police said.
Police later found promotional brochures and flyers detailing the packages and dollar amounts that businesses could purchase to appear on the supposed Staples calendar, police said. The offered deals ranged from $225 to $1,000.
The police contacted Staples High officials and determined that there was no one authorized to solicit for the program and that no such fundraising is taking place.
Deedon was held on $5,000 bond and Stephens on $1,000 bond.