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Monday, February 18 Local

State officers look for suspected illegal hunters in popular park

Environmental Conservation Police are looking for two people suspected of hunting from a tree stand in a Connecticut city park that bans the practice.

On Monday, they arrested a 22-year-old Meriden man for illegal hunting.

Now, they are looking for two “people of interest,” who are suspected of doing the same thing.

The illegal hunting, EnCon officers say, happened in the nearly 600-acre Giuffrida Park in the northeast corner of Meriden.

The park is a popular destination for hikers across the state. From the top of the park’s trap rock ridges, there are views of Long Island Sound to the south and to Mount Tom, more than 45 miles away in Massachusetts.

The public trails connect to the Mattabessett Trail (a Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trail). The trails have easy terrain particularly around the Crescent Lake shore with steeper areas along the trap rock ridges ascent of the Metacomet Ridge and approaching Mt. Lamentation.

The investigation into illegal hunting there began last Thanksgiving when state EnCon Police officers on foot patrol located an illegal hunting tree stand and other items indicating illegal firearms hunting had been taking place.

Through an investigation it is alleged that Giovanni Carabetta, 22, of Meriden, had hunted in Giuffrida Park on Nov. 21 and 22.

“There is no hunting in Giuffrida Park and the City of Meriden does not give out permission for people to hunt there,” EnCon police said in a release.

“Carabetta is also accused of not wearing the required four-hundred square inches of fluorescent orange while he was hunting. Four-Hundred square inches of fluorescent orange is required to be worn from September 1 to the last day in February, outside of certain exemptions, while hunting.”

On Monday Carabetta, 22, was taken into custody at Troop I in Bethany on an arrest warrant. The warrant stems from a lengthy investigation that was started on Thanksgiving .

In addition, the department is seeking help identifying two additional persons of interests, who are believed to be have been illegally hunting in Giuffrida Park during the same time period, trail camera photos of those suspects are attached with this release.

Carabetta was charged with three counts of third-degree criminal trespass and two counts of interfering with an officer, hunting on private land without permission of the owner and two counts of failure to wear four-hundred square inches of orange while hunting.

He was released after posting a $1,000 bond and will appear in Meriden Superior Court later this month.

If people have any information on the case they can contact EnCon at (860) 424-3012.