Greenwich Police dispatch received a 911 phone call on Dec. 19 at 7:20pm reporting a shoplifting incident at CVS on 644 W. Putnam Ave.
The 911 caller reported that a black male wearing all black had left the store with two red bags and fled in what was possibly a white four-door Pontiac.
While en route to the scene on Old Field Point Rd, the responding officer observed a white Toyota Camry with numerous subjects matching the description given to dispatch.
Police initiated a motor vehicle stop and observed the black jacket, unopened products and yellow/red shopping bags on the car’s back seat. A search of the vehicle revealed that the products were the ones that had been stolen from CVS.
During the course of the vehicle search a glass pipe that was used for smoking crack cocaine was also located. The glass pipe tested positive for the presence of cocaine.
Ivan L Miller, 51, of 16 Main St in Norwich, was arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Possession and Larceny in the 3rd degree. Video surveillance and an eyewitness account confirmed that Miller had been the subject who had entered the store and stolen the goods. His bond was set at $5,000 and he has a court date in Stamford Superior Court on Dec. 26.
Brian F Payton, 45, of 319 Johnston Ave in Plainfield, NJ, was identified as the driver of the vehicle. He was charged with Larceny in the 3rd degree and Conspiracy. His bond was set at $20,000. He also has a court date of Dec. 26, 2014 in Stamford Superior Court.
A subsequent inventory of the stolen items revealed a total value of $1,850. Neither Miller nor Payton was able to post their bonds and placed in the cell block.