Shoplifting suspects elude cops after chase into Bridgeport
A shoplifting incident that led to a brief pursuit into Bridgeport last Friday evening remains under investigation, and police believe they have identified three suspects.
An officer was assisting with a traffic stop in the parking lot of Marshall’s, 700 Post Road, around 6 p.m. Friday when the store’s manager came out and alerted him that three alleged shoplifters were leaving the scene in a white Infiniti.
The Infiniti drove through a red traffic light at the Post Road and Eliot Place intersection, and the officer activated his cruiser’s lights and sirens in an attempt to get the vehicle to stop. The chase, at speeds of up to 55 mph, proceeded down the Post Road onto Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.
Fairfield police called off the chase near Brewster Street because the driver was swerving in and out of traffic, through red traffic lights.
The car was later found at the P.T. Barnum housing project, and while investigating, they said they learned the car had been reported stolen by its owner. She told police she was arguing with her ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of Food Bazaar in Bridgeport when he drove off in her car.
According to surveillance video, two passengers in the car — a man and a woman — went into Marshall’s around 5:30 p.m. Friday. The woman was carrying a white plastic bag that the pair filled with merchandise. The man was carrying the bag when the couple left the store without paying and got into the waiting Infiniti.
The investigation is continuing.