Two Bridgeport men, one wanted by State Police for escaping custody, were picked up after an alleged shoplifting at the Staples office supplies store Thursday.
Willie Simmons, 49, was charged in connection with the theft of three Kenneth Cole computer bags from the Kings Highway East store and, after being charged with the theft, was then turned over to Troop G for the first-degree escape charge.
Police said customers told the manager at the office supply store that Simmons and another man, later identified as Anthony Price, 50, had taken the computer bags, worth $200 each. The pair left the store on foot and headed toward the cinema complex on lower Black Rock Turnpike.
They were found by police on Martin Terrace and taken into custody.
Price was charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear Nov. 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Simmons and Price both live on Bird Street and have "extensive" criminal histories spanning four states. Simmons also is wanted on an outstanding warrant from Waterbury for violation of parole.