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Police: Shoplifting Of Condoms Leads To Pursuit On I-95 In Westport

Connecticut State Police pursued shoplifting suspects on I-95 from Westport, through Norwalk to Darien, and then back again to Fairfield, where the suspects were arrested.
Connecticut State Police pursued shoplifting suspects on I-95 from Westport, through Norwalk to Darien, and then back again to Fairfield, where the suspects were arrested. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

WESTPORT, Conn. — A police chase that began over shoplifted condoms went from Westport onto I-95 to Darien and back again to Fairfield before the minivan was stopped with spike strips, according to multiple media reports.

The incident began at 1:15 a.m. Saturday when Westport officers began to pursue a minivan that fled the CVS on Post Road East, NBC Connecticut said.

Westport officers broke off the pursuit as the van headed onto I-95 south near Exit 17, but Connecticut State Police picked up the pursuit at Exit 15 and continued to Darien, NBC Connecticut said.

The van then exited I-95 and re-entered it headed northbound, The Hour said. The four-town chase ended between Exits 24 and 25 in Fairfield after troopers put down spike strips, The Hour said.

The van crashed into the median, where two suspects were arrested — Amanda Belcher, 34, and Komar Style, 35, both of Bridgeport, The Hour said.

Calvin Smith, 43, ran but was captured at nearby Cumberland Farms, The Hour said.

The stolen boxes of condoms were found in the crashed car, police told The Hour.

The Hour reported these charges:

  • Belcher, who was the driver, was charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny, reckless driving, engaging police in a pursuit, operating without a license, failure to have insurance and misuse of a marker plate.
  • Smith was conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer.
  • Style was charged with conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

Click here for the story on The Hour website.

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