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Friday, January 29, 2016

Downtown Shoplifting Arrests

Westport police arrested two men for shoplifting after a Main Street store employee became suspicious about their multiple empty bags, police said today. Image
Andre Fowler (l) and Daniel Gatson: held empty bags. Westport Police photos

The men entered Jack Wills at 139 Main St. on Thursday, Jan. 21. “These individuals were being evasive with the store staff when asked for help,” said Lt. David Farrell.

Police were notified, and officers quickly located the men walking out of the store and detained them. 

The two suspects, Daniel Gatson, 18 of New Jersey, and Andre Fowler, 21 of Norwalk, gave the officers consent to search their bags, according to the police report.

“Officers located stolen merchandise from the Jack Wills store with the tags still on,” Farrell said, adding that the merchandise totaled $338.00.

Both were charged with sixth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit larceny and possession of a shoplifting device and each was held on a $2,500 bond.

Fowler appeared to faced charges in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday. Gatson was arraigned last week.


Posted 01/29/16 at 11:31 AM  Permalink


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I’m confused by the statement “These individuals were being evasive with the store staff when asked for help.” It makes it sound like the staff asked the suspects for help. Is that what it means? Or did the staff ask the suspects if THEY needed help? Because I’m pretty evasive when I’m asked if I need help as I much prefer to shop around at my leisure without being interrupted by sales people.

Posted by dayle brownstein on January 29, 2016 at 05:00 PM | #

Dale ,
Only the pronoun “they” is missing between words “when” and “asked”.  The writer simply left that out.
Let us NOT try to conflate this into a racial profiling incident, for the love of everything logical.

Posted by Daniel Katz on January 30, 2016 at 06:27 AM | #

If two guys looking like those two, came into a store I owned, worked in or was shopping in, in town, I would be suspicious, I would watch them and would be surprised if it all turned out well.

Posted by Daniel Katz on January 30, 2016 at 06:31 AM | #