Man faces several charges after Kohl's shoplifting incident
Nicholas Payne, 28, of Old Town Road, Bridgeport, was charged with sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer Monday night after an incident at Kohl's department store, Tunxis Hill Road.
Security personnel at Kohl's told police that a man matching Payne's description had concealed several pairs of jeans and left the store without paying. He got into a car that was stopped by police as it was leaving the parking lot, police said.
Payne and the car's other occupants denied stealing anything, but police said Payne had a large bulge under his sweatshirt that turned out to be three pairs of jeans with the Kohl's price tags still attached. Police also said they found more jeans, a pair of headphones still in their box and two hats in the car. The items totaled $488 in value.
When first taken into custody, Payne gave a fake name, according to the report. And while he was being booked at police headquarters, police said they learned there were outstanding warrants for his arrest on violation of probation and failure to pay or plead charges.
He was held on bonds totaling $11,000 and is scheduled to appear April 25 in Bridgeport Superior Court.