Shoplifters Ran from Greenwich Avenue Store with Baskets Full of Merchandise

On Sunday around 1:15pm Greenwich Police spotted several occupants of a 2017 Nissan Sentra with NY plates on Greenwich Avenue exit their vehicle and walk into a nearby business.

A short time later, officers spotted the subjects run out of the front door of the business carrying shopping baskets full of merchandise.

The baskets included underwear, shirts, and cologne.

The suspects engaged police in a foot pursuit before being taken into custody a shot distance way. Also, police say the driver of the vehicle attempted to leave the scene after being told to stop by police. The car was stopped by a marked patrol car a short distance way on Greenwich Ave after backing up unsafely and running a stop sign at the intersection of Greenwich Ave and Elm Street.

Police arrested two suspects: Shakur S Smikle, 18, and Antoine Whitney, 28, both of Brooklyn, NY.

Mr. Smikle was charged with Interfering with an Officer/Resisting Arrest, Larceny 3, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3 and Organized Retail Theft Under $10,000.

Mr. Whitney was charged with Interfering with an Officer/Resisting Arrest, Illegal Possession of Shoplifting Device, Larceny 3, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 3, Organized Retail Theft Under $10,000, Failure to Obey Stop Sign and Unsafe Backing.

Two juveniles were also detained.

All four were determined to have acted together during the incident.

The total amount of stolen merchandise totaled $4,808.08.

Bond was set at $10,000 each for Smikle and Whitney. They share a date in Stamford Superior Court on Dec 2, 2019.

Mr. Whitney had a similar arrest in Secaucus, New Jersey in 2017. A report published on line by Secaucus Police said Whitney was charged with resisting arrest, hindering apprehension, obstructing justice, shoplifting and possession of burglary tools in an incident at a Toys R Us store in the Mill Creek Mall. Whitney was pursued on foot and caught.