Fairfield police had a busy couple of hours Tuesday afternoon as four shoplifters attempted thefts within 90 minutes. But in each case, the cops arrested them before they could get away.
The manager of the Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff called in the first incident at 11:53 a.m. David Ford, 51, of Bridgeport, stuffed $412 worth of DVDs and groceries into a clear plastic bag and walked past the registers and toward the door without paying. A store security guard stopped Ford before he could leave. Police then charged Ford with sixth-degree larceny and released him on a promise to appear in court Oct. 18.
Less than five minutes later, police got a call from security guards at the Home Depot on Kings Highway Cutoff. The guards tried to stop Antonio Vivancio, 48, of Paterson, N.J., as he walked out without paying for $1,142 worth of plumbing supplies. Vivancio shoved the guard, ran out the door and was caught by police on Grasmere Avenue. Cops also stopped his partner, Jorge Mejia, 52, of Corona, N.Y., nearby.
Officers found the pair's van parked on the side of Kings Highway. Inside, they found $3,000 more in plumbing supplies, which Home Depot confirmed was stolen from stores in Norwalk and Port Chester, N.Y. Police also discovered Vivancio was wanted as a fugitive in Union City, N.J.
Both men were charged with conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and third-degree larceny by possession, and were held on $5,000. Vivancio also received additional charges of fifth-degree larceny and being a fugitive from justice, which carried an extra bond of $250,000. He will be extradited to New Jersey.
At 1:10 p.m., security at the Gap store on Black Rock Turnpike reported an attempted theft. Shari Hall, 31, of Newburgh, N.Y., placed $78 in clothing into a black bag and tired to walk out without paying. The guard stopped her, then found she had also taken $147 worth of clothes from the Old Navy store next door.
When arrived, they found more clothing in Hall's car and realized she matched the description of a shoplifter at the Children's Place down the street. The items taken from there totaled $295.
Police charged Hall with two counts of sixth-degree larceny. She posted bonds of $500 for each charge and is due in court Oct. 18.
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