Cops: Gum thief found with goods stuck in pockets
A man suspected of stealing nearly $85 worth of gum from Super Stop & Shop on Villa Avenue was later found hiding in the neighborhood with the shoplifted merchandise stuffed in his coat and pants pockets last Friday, police said.
Charles Butler, 44, of City View Avenue, Bridgeport, was charged with sixth degree larceny.
Supermarket managers called police after Butler left the store without paying for $83 worth of Orbit chewing gum, which he concealed in his clothing, according to the report. A store employee chased Butler, who ran away and, as he crossed the street to the Kohl’s parking lot, stopped to pick up gum that had fallen from his pockets.
Police found Butler hiding behind a building on Tunxis Hill, and the stolen gum in his coat and pants pockets, according to the report.
He was released on a promise to appear Jan. 21 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.