FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A customer alerted a manager at the Staples store on Kings Highway East in Fairfield that a man had walked out of the store carrying three computer bags Thursday evening, police said.
Fairfield police were called and with help from two witnesses were able to locate Anthony Andre Price, 50, and Willie Simmons, 49, both of Bridgeport. Each was charged with fifth-degree larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy to commit larceny.
According to the police report, Price and Simmons worked together to take three Kenneth Cole computer bags, valued at $200 each, from the Staples store. Witness at the store told police they both took off toward the movie theaters, and a witness by Bridgeport Showcase told officers they had seen the two men walking in that direction, police said.
Officers located the two men on Martin Terrace in Bridgeport, police said.
In addition to the shoplifting in Fairfield, Simmons was wanted by Waterbury Police on violation of probation charges and Connecticut State Police Troop I on a charge of first-degree escape.
Each man has an extensive criminal history, with arrests spanning four states in serious felonies, police said.
Simmons was released on a written promise to appear before being turned over to State Police Troop G for transport to Troop I and given a court date of Nov. 5.
Price was also released on a written promise to appear at court Nov. 5.