From Greenwich Police Dept:
Members of the Organized Retail Criminal Activity (ORCA) Unit chased three suspects on foot down Greenwich Avenue on Wednesday afternoon after they were observed steeling high value handbags from a local merchant.
Two of the suspects were apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and struggle. The third suspect got away with over $20,000 of merchandise.
Allen Nance (46) of New Rochelle and Wilburt Evans (43) of the Bronx, NY were each charged with Larceny 1st (53a-122), Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 1st (53a-48/53a-122), Organized Retail Theft (53-142k) and Conspiracy to Commit Organized Retail Theft (53a-48/53-142k).
Evans, who fought with police, was additionally charged with Assault on an Officer (53a-167c) and Interfering (53a-167a). He was also charged with Possession of a Shoplifting Device (53a-127f) after police found the wire cutters used to defeated security straps; and Possession of a Controlled Substance (21a-279(a)(1)) and Possession of Narcotics after pills and marijuana were found on his person.
Evans and Nance are scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on February 24, 2021. Evans was unable to set a $25,000.00 bond and was held in custody. Nance was released on $2,500 bond.
The primary objective of professional crime rings is to steal from retail organizations for the purpose of turning retail products into financial gain, rather than for personal use. These criminal operations are responsible for tens of billions of dollars in losses each year nationally. Locally the losses can devastate a retail business.
This investigation remains open and further arrests are possible.