Couple accused of stealing liquor with child in tow
Published 1:45 pm, Monday, August 25, 2014
A New York City couple, with a 3-year-old child in tow, stole bottles of liquor from Fairfield Wine & Spirits, 561 Post Road, Saturday afternoon, police said.
While Lateefah Watson, 34, left the store with a bottle of Hennessey's cognac under her sweater, police said, Evan Brown, 30, distracted store employees with questions. He was accompanied by the toddler, who police said was not a child of either Watson or Brown.
When officers arrived they found the store manager chasing Watson into the Post Road. She was taken into custody by police in the parking lot of the McDonald's across the street. In her hand was the bottle of liquor, according to the report.
Brown was found, with the toddler, near the bus stop in front of the liquor store. He refused to cooperate with police when they questioned him about the identity of the child's mother, according to the report.
In parking lot, also near the bus stop, was a Honda Accord, registered to Watson. On the floor of the car was more liquor, police said, including a bottle of Grey Goose, two more bottles of Hennessey, two bottles of Johnny Walker Black Label and a bottle of Remy VSOP cognac. The Hennessey and the Remy cognac were believed to have been stolen from Fairfield Wine & Spirits.
The state Department of Children and Families took custody of the child and later located her grandmother, according to the report.
Both Watson and Brown were charged with risk of injury to a minor, interfering with police and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. Watson was also charged with sixth-degree larceny.
Bond was set for each at $2,500 and they are scheduled to appear Sept. 2 in Bridgeport Superior Court.