FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Two Bridgeport residents were accused of shoplifting after they were found with more than $2,500 worth of merchandise stolen from stores in Fairfield and neighboring towns, according to police reports.
Employees at Old Navy on Black Rock Turnpike called police after seeing a man with a “suspicious bulge” in the rear of his pants Monday afternoon, police said. Store managers found that the man and a woman had stolen several items of toddler’s clothing, and drove away in a white car with front-end damage, according to the report.
Police found a car that matched the description on Black Rock Turnpike near Kings Highway East. Victor Diaz, 22, and Alexandra Mayams, 22, were identified as the two suspects by the store manager, according to the police report.
Inside the car, officers found 19 items from Old Navy with a total value of $244, in some cases with tags still on, police say. They also found a specialized bag with a foil lining, commonly used to slip through theft-detection systems. Another $2,339 worth of clothing from Abercrombie and Fitch, American Eagle and H&M stores were also found with tags on, police said.
Diaz and Mayams were both charged with sixth-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny by possession and possession of a shoplifting device, all misdemeanors. They are due in court Oct. 9.
Police also found that there was active warrant for Diaz' arrest from Milford Police, and he was turned over to them for processing. There was also an active warrant for Mayams' arrest from Farmington, and she was released to that town’s police.