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Stamford Man Gives 'Thumbs Up' In Mug Shot After Trespassing Arrest

Steven James Ballard, 35, of 102 Holcomb Ave., gives a "thumbs up" to police taking his mug shot after he was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing Wednesday afternoon.
Steven James Ballard, 35, of 102 Holcomb Ave., gives a "thumbs up" to police taking his mug shot after he was arrested on a charge of criminal trespassing Wednesday afternoon. Photo Credit: Stamford Police

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A man charged with trespassing by Stamford Police wasn't too upset as he gave officers a "thumbs up" for his mug shot.

Steven James Ballard, 35, of 102 Holcomb Ave., was charged with first-degree trespassing after he returned to108 Lockwood Ave., minutes after officers had told him to leave, police said.

Offices were called to the residence after a report of an unwanted male who had created a disturbance after knocking on apartment doors, police said.

When officers arrived at 4:25 p.m. they found Ballard sitting on a rocking chair on the front porch with two half-empty 40-ounce Olde English Malt liquors close by.

He explained to officers that he was waiting for a friend to return to the residence, police said. Ballard was told he had to leave, and he complied, Sgt. Chris Weed said.

However, police received a call at 4:31 p.m. that Ballard had returned. Officers found him sitting on the rocking chair and this time arrested him on a charge of criminal trespassing, police said.

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