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Man, 22, Accused of ATM Tampering

Westport resident John Valiante of 65 South Compo Road may have gotten more than he bargained for from the ATM machine at Walgreens on Post Road East. Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. a Walgreens employee called Westport police to report a suspicious person near the in-store ATM. When police arrived, they found Valiante, 22, who allegedly had tampered with the machine, making it unusable. Valiante was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 17.

Also from the police blotter:

? Westporter John Backus, of 19 Davenport Ave., crossed the line Sunday night. Around 9:30, police reportedly saw Backus, 47, cross the centerline while driving on Charles Street. When police stopped him, they smelled alcohol on his breath. Backus, who refused a breath test, failed field sobriety tests. He was charged with operating under the influence, failure to drive right and operating without a license. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16.

? Knowing there was a warrant out for his arrest, Pawel Pienczykowski, 22, of Bridgeport, turned himself into Westport police Tuesday. The warrant stemmed from his failure to appear in court on December 2009 motor vehicle charges. He is due in court Sept. 17.

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