December 10, 2012
EnCon Police Arrest Middlebury Man for Illegal Trapping
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that State Environmental Conservation Police (EnCon Police) arrested Resid Ismaili of Middlebury on charges related to illegal trapping activities in the Hop Brook, Middlebury.
Ismaili, age 67, of 415 Whittemore Road, Middlebury was arrested Friday, December 7, for illegal trapping with a snare, trapping on private property without permission, and trapping without a license. The arrest was the result of a complaint received by EnCon Police earlier in the month that two beavers and a blue heron were found dead in the Hop Brook. All of the animals had allegedly been caught in illegal snare traps.
Following the complaint, a trail camera was installed at the location, which was used to determine that the activity were ongoing. This also provided photographic evidence of the individual who was returning to the area after dusk to check the traps. On December 7, EnCon Police officers conducted surveillance of the area and apprehended Ismaili, whose image was allegedly that of the person seen on the trail camera.
Ismaili, whose home is on the property adjacent to where the snares were set, is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Waterbury on December 24.