FAIRFIELD — Police charged a trio of people who allegedly tried to leave Stop & Shop on Saturday with a shopping cart of $460 worth of merchandise for which they did not pay.

According to the report, Vasiliki Zafiropoulos, 38, and Hector Rodriguez, 40, filled up the shopping cart with groceries. As they were leaving, Zafiropoulos pushed Rodriguez into a display, knocking it over. Police believe that was meant as a distraction because when that happened, Dwayne Brown, 43, took the shopping cart and left the store, 760 Villa Ave.

Brown, whose criminal history shows 32 previous arrests, police said, had been previously warned he would be arrested if he returned to the store. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and first-degree criminal trespass. Brown, who lives on Noble Avenue in Bridgeport, was released on a promise to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on May 17.

Zafiropoulos, of North Main Street, Ansonia, and Rodriguez, of Paddock Avenue, Meriden, were each charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and breach of peace. They were also released on promises to appear in court on May 17.

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