Fairfield police: Pair found with stolen merchandise
Updated 10:51 am, Thursday, January 5, 2017
FAIRFIELD — Two Waterbury men were arrested Jan. 2, charged with stealing hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from several different stores.
Christopher Lefty Rangel, 32, and Arturo Diaz, 26, were taken into custody after a police officer spotted their car as it was pulling out of the CVS parking lot at 330 Grasmere Ave.
The manager at CVS had called to report a shoplifting and said the suspects left in a Honda Odyssey with Texas plates. The officer was in the parking lot and — spotting the van — pulled it over.
In the van, police found $858 worth of merchandise from Home Depot, $165 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s, and another $169 worth of goods from CVS. And, police said, in Rangel’s possession they found numerous fake driver’s licenses and ID cards from several different states.
Both Waterbury men were charged with two counts each of fifth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. In addition, Rangel is facing two counts of second-degree forgery.
They were each held on a $2,500 bond and are scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Jan. 10.