WESTPORT, Conn. – Two New York women and a man from California were arrested in Westport Monday afternoon and charged with stealing more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from two downtown stores, police said.
Police received a call from the LF clothing store on Main Street at about 3 p.m. that two women and a man had just stolen clothing from the store, Capt. Sam Arciola said in a statement. The suspects were said to be driving a car with New York license plates.
A description of the car and the suspects was provided by LF employees and dispatched to all patrol units. Officer Marc Heinmiller spotted the car traveling south on Riverside Avenue toward I-95, Arciola said.
When Heinmiller stopped the car, he saw clothing from LF in plain view under one of the passenger’s feet, Arciola said. A search of the car turned up additional merchandise from LF and Urban Outfitters totaling $2,143, Arciola said.
Two of the suspects also had purses, with the linings cut out, that were used to conceal merchandise from the stores, Arciola added.
The suspects were identified as Tashays Smith, 23, of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; Shimer Weetom, 22, from the Bronx; and Fitzroy Bennett, 26, of Ranchocucamonga, Calif. Each was charged with third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, both felonies. They were also charged with possession of a shoplifting device, a misdemeanor.
Smith and Weetom were released after each posted a $5,000 bond, and Bennett was released on a promise to appear. All are due to appear in court on Dec. 6.
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