Cops: No clean getaway by trio shoplifting detergent, energy drinks
Published 1:29 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2013
Three people were charged Wednesday with stealing hundreds of dollars worth of Tide detergent and Red Bull energy drink from the town's two Super Stop & Shop stores.
They also face risk of injury charges after police said they found 15 syringes in their van, near one of the suspect's 1-year-old child.
Nicole Anastasia, 25, of Hales Court, Westport, went into the Super Stop & Shop at 760 Villa Ave. and left with $470 worth of detergent and energy drinks without paying, police said. Then, with Kendrick Jackson, 44, and Nicole Jackson, 35, along with her infant, drove to the Super Stop & Shop at 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff.
Anastasia went into the store while the Jacksons waited in the van, according to the report. The manager said he'd been alerted by a manager at the Bridgeport Stop & Shop to be on the lookout for Anastasia, and she was spotted loading a grocery cart with $550 worth of Tide and Red Bull. She was asked for her receipt when she attempted to leave the store and told the manager it was in her car.
At that point, police said, Anastasia abandoned the grocery carriage and ran from the store and through the lot, with the manager and assistant manager chasing her. Officers arrived and saw Anastasia get into a green minivan, occupied by Kendrick and Nicole Jackson.
Police said the Jacksons were aware that Anastasia was shoplifting, although Nicole Jackson told police she thought Anastasia was using food stamps to buy the merchandise.
According to the report, the groceries taken from the Villa Avenue store were found in the van. Anastasia admitted to stealing the items, police said, and allegedly said the trio planned to split the money from re-selling the detergent and energy drinks to buy heroin. She told police they had previously done the same thing three times, according to the report.
In the van, police said they also found a driver's license, Social Security card and bank card that did not belong to any of the occupants, along with two other license plates and a drill that was apparently used to change the van's license plates.
Anastasia was charged with one count each of fifth- and sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, risk of injury to a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a promise to appear Nov. 20 in Bridgeport Superior Court, and was taken to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport for treatment.
Kendrick and Nicole Jackson, who live on Spring Hill Road in Trumbull, were both charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor. Kendrick Jackson was also issued a summons for misuse of a license plate, after allegedly admitting to changing the plates on the van. Both were released on a $1,000 bond and were scheduled to appear Nov. 20 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
The father of Nicole Jackson's child came to the scene to take custody of the 1-year-old and the state Department of Children and Families was notified.