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Fairfield Police: Failed Diversion Spells Shoplifting Arrests for Three

Dwayne Brown
Dwayne Brown Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A trio of would-be shoplifters, including a convicted felon with 32 prior arrests, was arrested Saturday when an attempt to create a diversion failed to stop security at a Villa Avenue supermarket from noticing a man leaving the store with a cart full of merchandise, police said.

Stop & Shop loss prevention officers called police to the store around 9 a.m. after they watched Dwayne Brown, 43, of Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, pushing a cart filled with $460.78 worth of store items past the registers and out of the store, police said.

At the same time, they also saw Vasiliki Zafiropoulos, 38, of North Main Street, Ansonia, push Hector Rodriguez, 40, of Paddock Avenue, Meriden, into a display, knocking it over and creating a commotion, police said.

When asked, Brown said he thought Rodriguez had already paid for the items. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass, as he’d been asked not to come back to the store in a prior incident, police said.

Rodriguez and Zafiropoulos were each charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace, police said.

All three were released on a promise to appear in court on May 17.

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