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Cops: Thousands in stolen merchandise found when car breaks down

Published 10:48 am, Friday, March 21, 2014
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Two women are facing larceny charges after more than $7,000 in stolen merchandise was found in the "broken down rental vehicle they were operating," police said.

Paige James, 21, of Plainfield Street, Hartford, and Bria Miller, 20, of Banfield Lane, Bloomfield, each was charged with third-degree larceny.

Patrol officers had stopped to assist the stranded motorists late Saturday and discovered the stolen merchandise, according to a police report.

"All of the items were clothing, and many came from Westport retail stores or from stores in close proximity to Westport," the report said.

Miller was also charged with two counts of interfering with an officer (non-assaultive). After her bond was posted in Westport, Miller was transferred to the custody of the New Britain Police Department because of a warrant issued by that department for failure to appear. On those warrants, Miller's address was Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.

James was also charged with risk of injury to a minor. She was released from custody after bond. Both women are scheduled to appear March 25 in Norwalk Superior Court.

Two juveniles were also arrested and referred to Hartford Juvenile Court, police said.