FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Bridgeport man was charged with larceny after allegedly taking the wallet of another man while under arrest at Fairfield police headquarters last month, according to police reports.
The theft occurred Aug. 5 at the police station. A Milford man reported that his wallet was stolen from a desk in the booking area while he was being processed on a charge of driving under the influence. Shaun Costello, 30, of Bridgeport was also in the area at the time, following his arrest in connection with an unrelated theft, police say.
The theft was not reported until after Costello had been released. Investigators later saw Costello on surveillance video reaching onto the desk where the wallet had been left, according to police reports. Costello made the move when the lieutenant in the area had turned away to lock the other man in a cell, police say.
Seymour police arrested Costello on a warrant Saturday morning and turned him over to Fairfield police. Costello was charged with sixth-degree larceny, a misdemeanor. He was released on a $500 bond and is due in court Sept. 27.