Fairfield: Man charged with allegedly stealing multiple iPhones
FAIRFIELD — Police say a Bridgeport man has been charged for allegedly stealing multiple Apple Inc. products from his former employer.
Miguel J. Portela, a 40-year-old, was arrested by the Fairfield Police Department on March 12 and charged with third-degree larceny and third-degree burglary, according to a police press release. He allegedly store the devices from the Verizon Wireless store on the Post Road.
“Officers spoke to a store employee who reported that Portela had walked into the store around 5:50 p.m., entered the storage room and walked out of the store with several iPhones,” the release said. “Portela worked at the Verizon Wireless store in Norwalk and the employee told officers that it was common to have workers take phones from other stores in order to re-stock their own supplies.”
Police said a short time after Portela left with the phones, the manager of the Norwalk store notified the employee at the Fairfield store that Portela had been fired earlier that day and should not be allowed in the building.
An employee at the Fairfield store told police they discovered that nine iPhones and one Apple Watch were missing. Police said the items were valued at $7,190.
“Through the subsequent investigation, Fairfield Police located Portela at his home on Jones Avenue in Bridgeport that evening,” the release said. “Portela allowed the officers to search his vehicle and police located and seized an unopened iPhone matching the serial number of one of the phones that had been stolen from the Fairfield store.”
The release said investigating officers also located a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and a Verizon Jetpack mobile hotspot that had been reported stolen from the Norwalk Verizon Wireless. They said the other stolen items were not located in the search.
Police said Portela was placed under arrest and later released on a $1,000 bond. They said he is expected to be arraigned on March 26 at Bridgeport Superior Court.