Duo charged with swiping food from Chinese delivery men
Published 2:24 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016
FAIRFIELD — When the owner of LC Chen’s restaurant saw the customer’s phone number for a take-out order Monday night, it rang a bell.
It was, he realized, the same phone number used March 18 when two men grabbed food from his delivery man and ran off without paying. So he called police, and arranged for officers to set up a perimeter around the delivery address — the Sky Hookah Lounge on Kings Highway. It was the same general address used in connection with the March 18 incident, as well as another incident March 9 when a delivery person for Chinese Wok was robbed of food.
Monday’s delivery of $39 worth of food was made as planned the customer at Brentwood Avenue, near Kings Highway. As police watched, two men walked out of an alcove near Sky Hookah, grabbed the food from the delivery person without paying and fled down a dark driveway, according to the report.
Officers looking for the suspects found Feras Halabi, 20, behind a Brentwood Avenue house, while Kevon Polk, 19, was found a short distance away. He had taken off the light-colored hooded sweatshirt he was wearing when the delivery was made, police said.
The driver identified the two as the men who stole the food, police said.
Halabi, who lives on Brentwood Avenue, and Polk, who lives on Longfellow Avenue, were both charged with second-degree larceny and second-degree robbery, and conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny and second-degree robbery. Polk was also charged with interfering with an officer.
Bond for each man was set at $10,000 and they are scheduled to appear April 14 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.
Police said they plan to apply for warrants for their arrest in connection with the two prior food-theft incidents.