On Saturday July 6, 2019 at approximately 4:24pm Westport Police responded to Mitchell’s department store on the Post Road on a complaint of a recent larceny.
Store staff reported noticing several pieces of fur missing from a display. This observation prompted staff to conduct a review of their surveillance footage at which time it was confirmed that several items had been stolen by a customer. The suspect had apparently removed the furs from the display and taken them into the dressing room. At this time the items were concealed on the suspect’s person before subsequently exiting the store without paying for any of the merchandise. The suspect had left the store prior to officers’ arrival.
Shortly after the original call to police, Mitchell’s was contacted by Richard’s of Greenwich reporting that the same suspect involved in the Westport incident was currently in their store.
Greenwich Police were contacted and responded, conducting surveillance of the suspect.
Based on information communicated by both Mitchell’s staff and Westport officers, Greenwich police detained the suspect, who was positively identified as Konis Coleman.
Through a search of the suspect’s person and vehicle, Greenwich officers subsequently recovered the missing merchandise from the Mitchell’s store as well as several devices commonly used to defeat security measures in order to perpetrate the crime of larceny.
Stolen from Mitchell’s were four fur coats and vests with a total value of $115,545.00. Based on the investigation, Coleman was charged with 53a-122, Larceny 1st degree and 53a-127f, Possession of a Shoplifting Device. Bond for these charges was set at $25,000.00.
Computer checks showed that Coleman currently had an active warrant for his arrest held by the New York City Police Dept for Grand Larceny 3rd Degree. The originating agency was contacted, confirming the warrant as active and reporting that they would extradite the suspect to answer for these charges.
As a result Coleman was additionally charged with 54-170, Fugitive from Justice. Bond for this charge was set at $115,000.00.
Coleman was unable to post these bonds and was transported to Norwalk Superior Court on Monday July 8, 2019 for arraignment.