Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police Arrest Plainville Man for Illegal Trapping

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) State Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon Police) have arrested a Plainville man on numerous charges of illegal trapping in the town of Avon.

EnCon Police received a complaint from a citizen that while walking his dog on a trail along the Farmington River in Avon on January 31, his dog was caught in an illegal snare trap. The dog was not injured.

On February 2, 2010, EnCon Police officers located several more illegal snare and unpadded leghold traps set along the river area. While conducting the investigation the officers observed Stanislaw Koldziej, age 57, of Plainville, Connecticut approach them carrying additional illegal snare traps and other trapping equipment.

EnCon Police officers seized a quantity of traps and trapping equipment and arrested Koldziej on charges alleging 5 counts of Illegal trapping (for using the snare traps); 7 counts of Illegal coyote trapping (out of season); 2 counts of Illegal trapping (using unpadded leg hold traps) and 7 counts of Failure to tag traps with the name of the owner. Koldziej was released on a written promise to appear in court on February 16, 2010 in Hartford.

This arrest is unrelated to the arrest made earlier in the week for alleged illegal trapping in Winchester.