New Canaan police arrested four suspects they said stole merchandise from RadioShack, 94 Park St., Thursday evening.
Police received reports at about 5 p.m. that two black males and two black females had just run out of the store with a large quantity of stolen merchandise, Police Chief Leon Krolikowski said in a press release.
The suspects reportedly distracted the store clerk so they could steal the items, Krolikowski said. Two witnesses provided a detailed description of the four individuals and the vehicle they used to get away, according to the release, and the descriptions were broadcast over the Fairfield County police hotline.
Krolikowski said police stopped a train that was about to leave the New Canaan railroad station and searched for the suspects, but they were not on board. At about 6:10 p.m., New Canaan Police learned that Connecticut State Police Troop G stopped a vehicle matching the description, a red 2000 Mercury Cougar with Massachusetts license plates, on the Merritt Parkway near exit 47, Krolikowski said.
New Canaan officers went to the scene and arrested the four suspects, who had more than $8,000 in merchandise stolen from the New Canaan RadioShack as well as other RadioShack stores, including iPhones, Fitbit devices and headphones, police said. In their car, the suspects also had tools used to disable security devices, according to the press release.
Diana Andino, 27, of 166 Darling St., Springfield, Mass.; Devron Brady, 24, of 56 Sycamore St., Springfield, Mass.; Crystal Hill, 22, of 106 Albemarle Road, Springfield, Mass.; and Deandre Jones, 20, of 15 Goldenrod Road, Springfield, Mass, were charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree larceny by possession, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and possession of a shoplifting device.
Both Brady and Jones were also charged with interfering with a police officer, second-degree criminal impersonation and second-degree forgery, after it was determined through an electronic fingerprint database that they provided false names and government identifications, Krolikowski said. Brady is also known as Richard Hector and Jones is also known as Troy Goldson, according to the press release.
All suspects except for Hill had criminal records, police said. Jones had an active arrest warrant out of Enfield, Conn., for larceny, according to police.
Andino and Hill were held in lieu of $75,000 bond. Brady and Jones were held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
All four suspects are being transported to Norwalk Superior Court for arraignment Wednesday morning.
"The success of this investigation is the direct result of the diligence and aggressiveness of the members of the New Canaan Police Department's Investigative Section and Patrol Division, witnesses that provided critical information to investigating officers, and the Connecticut State Police, Troop G," Krolikowski said.
-- Nelson Oliveira