Gantt, 32, of Bond Street in Bridgeport, denied stealing anything at the Villa Avenue grocery store, but battery packs, lotions and razors started to fall to the floor while he was still in the store.
The manager at the Villa Avenue supermarket called police around 2 p.m. because they said a man wearing a heavy black coat and two pairs of pants was concealing items in his clothing. Officers at first waited in a patrol car outside the entrance for Gantt to come out of the store, but the manager soon asked police to come into the store because the suspect continued to hide merchandise.
In all, police said, Gantt had concealed $408 worth of merchandise, including soaps, sprays and deodorants hidden in his coat and pants.
Gantt was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear Oct. 14 in Bridgeport Superior Court.