FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Two men apprehended after a foot chase were arrested on charges of shoplifting nearly $150 in video games from BJ's Wholesale Club on Wednesday afternoon, Fairfield police said.
A manager called police to report seeing two men in the store who he believed had stolen a large amount of inventory earlier this week.
After arriving, officers waited outside the doors until Vincent Colavito, 23, of Bridgeport, and Leon Pasternak, 28, of Fairfield, came out, police said. Upon seeing the officers, the two men ran in opposite directions in the parking lot, police said. Both were stopped a short time later, police said.
Then men had taken five video games for X-Box and Play Station 3 worth a total of $148, police said.
Pasternak was also found to be in possession of a syringe, police said. He told officers he used it to inject drugs and was carrying it in case they were able to sell the video games, police said.
Colavito told officers they had been in the store earlier in the week, corroborating the manager's story, police said. The Detective Bureau is looking into the earlier shoplifting incident.
Colavito and Pasternak were each charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer. Pasternak was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. They were released on a promise to appear in court on March 15.
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