Police are investigating the attempted theft of more than $500 in merchandise from BJ's Wholesale Club, 40 Black Rock Turnpike, on Thursday afternoon.

When the suspect was stopped by store staff with a cart filled with $519 in unpaid merchandise, police said he fled in a car south on Black Rock Turnpike toward Bridgeport. Police determined the car was stolen in Bridgeport earlier that day. It later was found, empty, parked at P.T. Barnum apartments in Bridgeport.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 5 feet, 6 inches, with a beard, wearing dark clothing and a black vest.