Shoplifting suspects stopped by police

Richard Jones
Richard JonesContributed / Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD — Police were waiting outside Home Depot, 541 Kings Highway Cutoff, Jan. 12 for two man suspected of shoplifting.

The loss prevention officer at the store called police after spotting two men that were suspects in shoplifting incidents at the chain’s Stratford and Bridgeport stores. He began to follow the two men as they each put expensive items in their carts, and placed less expensive items on top. They were both talking on their cell phones, and employees believed they were talking to each other.

When they realized they were being watched, the two allegedly abandoned their shopping carts and walked out, and that’s where they were stopped by police.

One of the men, Richard Jones, 46, had Massachusetts identification and was clutching a car key in his hand. Police found a car with a Massachusetts plate and said two partially-smoked marijuana cigarettes could be seen on one of the car’s armrests. A police canine was brought to the scene and alerted on the car, prompting a police search of the vehicle.

Under the seat they found two nail guns, still in their plastic wrappers, and a Milwaukee combo tool kit, a Milwaukee rotary hammer, a smart garage door opener, two mop refills, a Kwik Set entry door kit, and five circuit interrupters. The items recovered in the car were valued at a total of $2,429.

Neither could produce receipts for the items, and several of the items were confirmed stolen from the Stratford and Bridgeport Home Depot stores.

The second man, later identified as Bert Molino, had no identification and was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center after complaining of chest pains. He was later admitted to the hospital, and police said they will apply for a warrant for his arrest.

Jones, of Winthrop, Mass., was charged with third-degree larceny by possession and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny. He was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Jan. 22 and was also given a ticket for possession of marijuana.