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N.Y. Pair Charged With Shoplifting in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Two Brooklyn men were arrested Friday and charged with attempted theft from Home Depot. Police say Vaja Asatiani, 31, and Ivane Avlakhashvili, 24, tried to steal nearly $1,900 worth of merchandise from the Fairfield store and are suspects in thefts from Home Deport outlets in New Jersey and Stratford.

Store security workers called police at about 4 p.m. Friday after seeing the two walking around Home Depot placing items into a box for a sink. They said Asatiani and Avlakhashvili had collected products worth $393 before security guards detained them.

When police arrived, they also found $1,500 in store merchandise that they believe Asatiani and Avlakhashvili had taken earlier in the day. They also found black plastic bags designed to walk security-tagged items through checkpoints without setting off alarms, as well as identification cards from Maryland and the Republic of Georgia and labels taken off items from Stratford’s Home Depot.

Police charged both men with three counts of larceny. Asatiani was also charged with 12 counts of forgery and possession of a shoplifting device. Asatiani’s bond was set at $75,000, and Avlakhashvili’s was set at $50,000. Both are due in court Sept. 6.

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