Suspicious package brings bomb squad to puppy store

Just two weeks after a woman was arrested for trying to “set the puppies free” from Puppies of Westport in Norwalk, the store was evacuated Thursday and the Stamford bomb squad was called in to examine a suspicious package left by an unknown man.

NorwalkNorwalk Police Lt. Paul Resnick said officers were called to the store on Westport Avenue around 11 a.m. Thursday, with an employee reporting that a man had left a cell phone with a suspicious external device attached on the counter and walked out of the store.

Dispatchers told the employee to clear the store. City fire crews arrived on the scene and surrounding businesses were also evacuated.

The Stamford Police Department bomb squad responded and determined that the cell phone and the attached device weren’t explosives. The attachment was found to be an external battery pack for the phone.

An employee told police she thought the man who left the phone was suspicious because he had red lipstick on that extended out from his lips like “The Joker” in the Batman movies.

The employee said the man, who appeared to be in his 20s, had looked at one of the puppies and asked if the store had any “rescue dogs” before leaving store, getting into a burgundy sedan and driving off–leaving the phone and attachment on a store counter.

Resnick said police are hoping to identify the man and talk to him, and give him back his phone.

Wes Duplantier