Cops: Shoplifting suspect charged after tussle with Stop & Shop security
Updated 2:05 pm, Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A 55-year-old Bridgeport man is facing robbery charges after he allegedly shoved a security guard at Super Stop & Shop, 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff, during an alleged shoplifting incident Monday afternoon.
George Verras, of Morehouse Street in Bridgeport, was charged with third-degree robbery, third-degree assault and sixth-degree larceny.
According to police, store security personnel said they saw Verras hiding $26 worth of merchandise, including a knife sharpener, kitchen tongs, Advil and a package of razors, and attempt to leave the store without paying. After he was stopped, according to the report, Verras was walking with two security employees to the store's office when he shoved one of them against the wall and ran off.
The employee who got pushed called 911, while the other chased Verras into the parking lot and onto the property next door, where he was found trying to hide in some bushes. The items he had taken were found under a trash bin, police said.
Verras allegedly told police he pushed the employee and ran because he had panicked.
Bond was set at $750 and he is scheduled to appear April 13 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.