Fairfield police are asking for help in identifying two individuals suspected of snatching a purse from an 86-year-old woman at Shop Rite, Black Rock Turnpike, on Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Video surveillance of the suspects has been released.
The first suspect is described as a 5’8”, slender, black male with a mustache and beard in he 30s to 40s. He was wearing a dark hat and clothing as well as glasses.
The second suspect is a black female, approximately 5’7”, heavyset, in her 30s to 40s and with long curly brown hair pulled back with a headband. She was wearing a leather coat.
The victim told police the male suspect approached her in the frozen food aisle and asked about frozen dinners. She turned away from her purse for just a moment. When she got to the register she discovered her wallet was missing.
It is believed the male suspect distracted the victim while the female accomplice stole the wallet.
Surveillance video shows the suspects entering the store together. It also shows the female suspect checking a wallet and putting it in her purse before abandoning her cart and leaving the store. The male suspect, who appears to be shopping separately, promptly abandons his cart and follows her out.
The actual theft is not shown on the released video and it is paused in sections for a better view of the suspects.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspects is asked to call the Fairfield Police Detective Bureau at 203-254-4840 o email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips will be kept confidential.
A stroll down the middle of a busy road led to drug charges for a Bridgeport man according to Fairfield police. Johnnie Newkirk, 39, of Woodlawn Avenue, Bridgeport, was cahrged iwth possession of narcotics and possess of less one half ounce of marijuana.
Newirk was observed on Dec. 27, at 10:13 a.m. walking out from behind a Villa Avenue house, in what was described as a high crime area. Police said when Newkirk spotted the patrol vehicle he turned away and walked down the middle of a busy road.
Police recovered two small bags of marijuana and another bag of a white substance from Newkirk, who described as nervous and sweating despite the cold. He was also in possession of a knife that was determined to be legal.
Newkirk was released on a promise to appear with a Jan. 10 court date.
Missing car seat
A woman who rented a car from Hertz Rental Car, 720 Post Road, Fairfield, forgot to take her child’s car seat out when she returned the vehicle. When she went back for the seat, she said it was missing.
Management said they found shopping bags in the car that were returned to the renter but never saw a car seat. The car was rented to another customer.
The estimated value of the car seat is $300.
The issue is under investigation.
Thefts from vehicles
Five vehicles were broken into across Fairfield yesterday, Dec. 27. Thieves made off with an approximated $420 worth of cash and items.
Two cars were discovered to have been entered on Old Stratfielf Road, just after midnight. Thieves broke the driver’s side front window on the first care and stole $200. The second had no damage and no missing items.
Another car break in on Old Stratfield Road was reported on dec. 27 at 2:23 p.m. The vehicle was unlocked and nothing was reported stolen.
An iPod valued at $100 was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Melville Avenue. The theft took place between 7 p.m., Dec. 26 and 11:30 a.m., Dec. 27.
During the same time period, $120 was aken from a car on Old Oaks Road. Thieves broke a passenger side window and stole $120.