Cops: Gum thief made gun threat
Published 11:47 am, Friday, May 18, 2012
A Bridgeport man who police said stole $278 worth of gum and threatened an employee of Super Stop & Shop on Villa Avenue who questioned him has been charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.
Marvin Hampton, 50, of Brooks Street, Bridgeport, and an accomplice were stopped in the grocery store parking lot Thursday just before 9 p.m. When the store employee asked to see a receipt for the bag of gum, he said Hampton put his hands in his waistband and said, "You better back up or I will shoot you."
Hampton and the accomplice fled the scene, but Hampton was later found on Tunxis Hill Road by Officer Kevin Wells and the police K-9, Ruger. Hampton was taken into custody without incident.
No gun was displayed by Hampton during the incident, nor was one found, police said.
Hampton was held on a $50,000 bond and scheduled to have appeared Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court.