NJ, NY men busted in another Fairfield shoplifting try
Published 1:16 pm, Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Two men were charged Tuesday with trying to steal plumbing supplies at Home Depot, 541 Kings Highway Cutoff, the latest in a series of major shoplifting incidents in Fairfield by out-of town suspects.
Antonio Vivanco, 48, of Patterson, N.J., was charged with fifth-degree larceny and third-degree larceny by possession. He was also charged as a fugitive from justice after Fairfield police learned that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Union City, N.J.
Jorge Mejia, 52, of Corona, N.Y., was charged with conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and third-degree larceny by possession.
Police said the incident began about noontime when Vivanco walked past a cash register with a shopping cart containing plumbing supplies without paying. A security officer tried to stop Vivanco from leaving the store, and a scuffle between the two ensued, police said.
Vivanco then allegedly fled the premises with Mejia, who police said had been acting as a decoy. Vivanco was eventually apprehended by police at Meadowbrook Road and Kings Highway Cutoff, while Mejia was stopped at Grasmere Avenue and Kings Highway Cutoff.
Police said a subsequent review of the store's security camera video showed that Vivanco and Mejia had arrived together in a blue Dodge van. Police added that a later search of the van -- found on the shoulder of Kings Highway Cutoff -- indicates that Vivanco and Mejia allegedly stole more than $3,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores in Port Chester, N.Y., and Norwalk.
Vivanco was held on $250,000 bond for the fugitive-from-justice charge, and another $5,000 on the charges filed in connection with the Fairfield Home Depot incident. Mejia was held on $5,000 bond.
Both men were scheduled to appear Wednesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.