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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Police Arrest Two in Shoplifting at CVS

Westport police, assisted by state police with a K-9 unit, tonight arrested two New York men in connection with a shoplifting incident at CVS Pharmacy, 397 Post Road East, that led to recovery of about $5,000 in stolen merchandise.

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Police examine a car tonight in the Connecticut Humane Society parking lot on Post Road East where they say they recovered stolen merchandise. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

A CVS store manager said one of the suspects entered the store at about 8 p.m. and questioned two or three store employees repeatedly before he was spotted running through a rear exit with a shopping basket “full of merchandise.”

He fled in the direction of the nearby Connecticut Humane Society, the employee said, and that is where police said they found a car containing an adult accomplice, identified as Jeffrey Louis Vaughn, 26, of Queens, N.Y., and a female juvenile accomplice.

The officers located the items stolen from CVS in the vicinity of the vehicle as well as items stolen from drug stores from surrounding communities in the vehicle, police said.

Approximately $5,000 worth of merchandise was recovered including teeth whitener, hair regrowth treatment, razor blades and allergy medicines, a police statement said.

Further investigation revealed that the suspect that fled the CVS store was not in the vehicle but was on foot in the vicinity, police said. Some of the responding officers viewed the store video and the suspect.

As state police responded with two troopers and a canine, Westport Officer Paul Wargo, checking area stores, recognized the suspect in a nearby store and took him into custody with the assistance of Officer Kevin Smith and the troopers, police said.

That suspect was identified as Cecil L. Williams, 35, of Brooklyn, N.Y. He and Vaughn were both charged with larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny and held on $10,000 bond for a Tuesday court date.

Dave Matlow contributed reporting

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