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Westport cops: 2 arrested after shoplifting complaint

May 12, 2018 GMT

WESTPORT — Two women have been charged after store employees called police about a shoplifting incident.

Asia Bailey, 39, of Bridgeport, and Dana Williams, 31, of Stratford, were each charged with interfering with an officer, possession of a shoplifting device, sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

Around 4:30 p.m. on May 7, officers were sent to Destination XL for a report of a shoplifting. Workers told officers two women were shoplifting inside the store and left when they were confronted by employees.

Store personnel gave the license plate and description of the vehicle that the suspects left in. The vehicle was seen and stopped by officers shortly after.

Police said the woman who attempted to distract the store employees was identified as Bailey, the driver. And the passenger, Williams, was identified as the woman seen putting items into her bag, police said.

A third suspect, who tried to distract store personnel while the duo attempted to shoplift, left on foot and was not located, police said..

When officers patted down Bailey and Williams for weapons, a device used to remove store tags was found in Bailey’s front pocket, police said. Officer found another one of these devices in the glove compartment of the vehicle.

As officers worked to investigate the shoplifting with Bailey and Williams, police said, they lied to cops several times and tried to redirect the conversation away from what happened.

Police took the two women into custody.

The two women were released after they each posted a $2,500 bond. The duo are expected in court on May 17.