Failed food-theft strategies: Hiding in pants & carting away for re-sale
Published 5:50 pm, Friday, August 23, 2013
The Super Stop & Shop supermarket on Villa Avenue was hit by two would-be food thieves in separate incidents Thursday, police said.
Alphonso Thompson stuffed two packs of beef tenderloin down his pants at the store around noon Thursday and then tried to leave the store without paying, according to the report.
Thompson, 52, of Shell Street in Bridgeport, allegedly also put three DVDs in his pants before running away through the parking lot. He was caught by police and charged with sixth-degree larceny. Thompson was released on a promise to appear Aug. 29 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Police were called back to the grocery store around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, this time on a complaint that a man left with $317 worth unpaid groceries in a cart.
Mathew Hernandez, 22, of Old Barn Road in Stamford, was found by police on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport. According to the report, he said he went to Stop & Shop with a friend to steal merchandise that he could re-sell to bodegas in Bridgeport.
Hernandez was charged with sixth-degree larceny, and was also served with three active warrants from police in Trumbull, Monroe and Milford.
He is scheduled to appear Sept. 4 in Bridgeport Superior Court.