Trio arrested for shoplifting

Three people were arrested were arrested on Nov. 13, after shoplifting from two stores in Fairfield with a baby inside the car.

Nicole Anastasia, 25, of Westport and Kendrick Jackson, 44, and Nicole Jackson, 35, both of Trumbull, were each charged with multiple crimes.

According to the police report, the trio went to the Super Stop & Shop on Villa Avenue and Anastasia went inside, taking $470 worth of Tide detergent, Red Bull and other merchandise before walking out without paying.

The group then traveled to the Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff and attempted to do the same crime. Anastasia went inside the store and placed $550 worth of merchandise into a shopping cart. After walking past all points of sale, an employee and assistant manager confronted Anastasia and asked to see a receipt. Anastasia told them that the receipt was in the car and then left the grocery cart and ran to a green Honda Odyssey with the wrong plates.

At this time, a sergeant responding to the call observed Anastasia run to the van occupied by Kendrick and Nicole Jackson and a 1-year old child.

The three were taken into custody by police and admitted to taking the items from both stores in return for money that they intended to use to purchase heroin. Anastasia also admitted to the trio being involved in three other similar shoplifting incidents..

K-9 Rugger was dispatched to the scene and hinted to the presence of drugs inside the van. Police found a brown bag, close to where the baby was sitting, containing 15 syringes that Anastasia admitted was for heroin use. Police also found a spare license plate with a power drill next to it and an ID, bank card and social security card for a person who was not inside the vehicle.

Police charged Anastasia with use and possession of drug paraphernalia, impairing morals of a minor, fifth-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny. She was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 20.

Kendrick and Nicole Jackson were both charged with risk of injury to and impairing the morals of a minor, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. Additionally, Kendrick was charged with misuse of plates. Both were released on $1,000 bond and are due in court Nov. 20.

 

Fraud

Brittany DeGroat, 18, of New York City was charged with fifth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny after an investigation into fraudulent paychecks.

According to the police report, the manager of Duchess Restaurant on the Post Road told police on May 30 that 22 fraudulent payroll checks made out to six different people totaling $26,000 were deposited between May 24 and 29.

Detectives discovered the checks were deposited into one account at a bank in New York and were able to obtain a photo description of DeGroat and a male accomplice. A warrant was issued for DeGroat’s arrest and she was taken into custody on Nov. 13.

 

Larceny

Lorraine Hutchinson, 39, of Black Rock Turnpike was charged with sixth-degree larceny after stealing from her place of work in August.

According to the police report, the owner of Moe’s Liquor Store on the Post Road told police that an employee was terminated from the store after he received information that she was stealing. The owner was informed that Hutchinson, a 14-year veteran of the store, used her key to unlock a back door and then turned off the alarm. She then took five cases of Corona beer valued at $160.

Hutchinson agreed to come to police headquarters, where she admitted to taking the beer and that she knew she was not allowed to. She also told police the beer was for a party.

The owner of Moe’s requested an arrest and Hutchinson was taken into custody.

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