James Kosch, 25, of Linwood Avenue, was charged after police said he drove a person to the Southport Shell, 3232 Post Road, that he knew was planning to steal from the convenience store.

According to police, a man entered the store around 1:50 a.m. Sunday and asked for a carton of cigarettes. While the manager was getting the carton, the man asked about phone cards. The manager indicated where they were and the man grabbed a handful and left the store.

He got into an older model station wagon that police discovered belonged to Kosch's grandfather, who confirmed James Kosch had been driving the car, police said.

The younger Kosch came to police headquarters at 5 a.m. Sunday and was charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. He was also issued infractions for operating without a license and operating an unregistered vehicle.

The person who took the phone cards has not been found, police said.

Kosch was released on a promise to appear Jan. 5 in Bridgeport Superior Court.