FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Two New Jersey men, arrested on shoplifting charges Wednesday, told Fairfield Police that they are graffiti taggers and came to Connecticut to steal spray paint because the cans are locked away in their home state.
Employees at Home Depot contacted the police after they attempted to stop Clifton Eddens, 19, of Tenafly, N.J., from fleeing the scene after they saw him putting multiple cans of spray paint into the back of a car with New Jersey license plates.
Eddens fled the store after being approached by loss prevention agents. The agents were able to keep John Marston, 21 of Demarest, N.J., who was in the car while Eddens had been in the store.
Marston originally told police that he had nothing to do with the theft and that he barely knew Eddens and couldn't provide officers with a last name or a cellphone number. Police investigated the car and found a wallet with multiple ID cards for Eddens.
During the investigation, it was determined that Marston was involved with the theft and police took him into custody. They attempted to contact Eddens by phone. Eddens then called police and said he would turn himself in if they came to pick him up on Grassmere Avenue.
Both Eddens and Marston were charged with larceny in the fourth-degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the fourth-degree. They were released on $500 bonds and given a court date of Oct. 28.