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Trumbull police foil Mall shopping spree with stolen credit cards

September 4, 2018

TRUMBULL — Two New Haven men had quite a Saturday shopping experience at the Westfield Mall, police charged.

Unfortunately it was with someone else’s car and credit cards, according to police.

As a result, Jasean Smith, 18 and Marquise Harris, 18, both of New Haven were arrested on a number of charges following a chase through the mall and its parking lot.

Police recovered more than $2,000 in merchandise believed purchased with the stolen credit cards, the stolen credit cards and the keys to a 2010 Audi Q5 Sedan reported stolen Friday night in Newington.

Smith’s charges include second-degree larceny for the alleged car theft; third-degree larceny, criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.

Among Harris’ charges are conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny in the alleged car theft; third-degree larceny, criminal impersonation and interfering with an officer.

Both are detained on $50,000 bond pending a Sept. 10 appearance in the Golden Hill Street courthouse in Bridgeport.

Police were alerted by the vehicle’s owner that her car— which had the credit cards inside — was stolen. She informed them she had been advised the stolen credit cards were being used to purchase items at several of the mall’s stores.

That led police to tse stores where they looked at security video recordings of the suspects allegedly making purchases. They also located the car in the parking lot where a surveillance camera was maintained.

When the two men saw officers near the stolen car, they fled toward the mall.

One was arrested inside near the Build-A-Bear store while the second was taken into custody by a police K-9 team in the parking lot.

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