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Friday, September 21 News

NY man involved in alleged moving scam arrested

WESTPORT — A New York man involved in an alleged moving scam was arrested following a months-long investigation into a Brooklyn-based moving company.

Westport Police first received a report of the alleged scam Aug. 16, 2017 from a former Westport woman who contacted a moving company in Brooklyn, N.Y., to move her possessions from Connecticut to California but said her belongings never arrived and she was unable to reach the moving company.

Investigators in the detective bureau learned the victim made an initial payment to the company owner and, on the date of the move, was required to pay the contract’s balance. When the victim’s property did not arrive in California, she was at first unable to make contact with the moving company but eventually made contact and was advised her property was held in Brooklyn and she would need to pay additional money for its release and delivery. The victim then hired a second company to move her belongings from New York to California.

Detective Marc Heinmiller tracked down the main suspect, Kirk Gillums of Hollis, N.Y., and submitted a warrant for Gillums’ arrest. On Feb. 20, Gillums, 54, was extradited to Connecticut from New York, charged with second-degree larceny, and held on $25,000 before he was transported to Norwalk Court for arraignment the following day.

svaughan@hearstmediact.com; @SophieCVaughan1

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