FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Two Bridgeport residents were charged with shoplifting in separate incidents at the same Fairfield Stop & Shop store this week.
The first case occurred Monday evening. A man entered the Villa Avenue location of the supermarket and loaded 23 12-packs of soda cans into a cart, worth an estimated $160, according to the police report. He then walked out of the store without paying for the cases, loaded them into a green minivan and drove away, police said.
Store security recorded the van’s license plate, which police tracked to an address in Easton. The owner told police Aslam Khawaja, 47, of Bridgeport was using the van at the time, police said. Khawaja was arrested and charged with sixth-degree larceny, a misdemeanor. He was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 4.
Police were called to the Villa Avenue store again Tuesday night. Store security reported a woman placed $129 worth of make-up and body spray into a reusable shopping bag and walked out without paying, according to the police report. Police arrived as store employees were chasing the woman around the lot and placed her under arrest.
Teresa Jeffries, 29, of Bridgeport was charged with sixth-degree larceny, a misdemeanor. She was released on a promise to appear in court Sept. 10.