WESTPORT — A Wallingford man is facing shoplifting charges for the third time this year after he attempted to steal more than $500 worth of baby formula back in February, police said.

Police were dispatched to the Walgreens at 880 Post Road E. on Feb. 5 on a shoplifting report.

The store manager told police that a white male had entered the store around 4 p.m. and loaded a carry basket with $573-worth of baby formula before walking out of the store without paying.

As employees pursued the suspect outside, they saw him speed away from the parking lot in a gray Mini Cooper, police said.

In March, police learned of a similar incident in Fairfield two days after the Walgreens theft where a male who fit the description of the Westport suspect ran out of a local CVS with six four-packs of Red Bull and fled in a gray Mini Cooper registered to a Troy Amarante, 40, out of Wallingford.

Using a photograph provided by Fairfield police, Westport detectives were able to positively identify Amarante as the suspect from the Walgreens theft.

After receiving a warrant for Amarante’s arrest, Westport police picked up Amarante from the Branford Police Department, where he was being held in custody for allegedly stealing items from a grocery store.

Amarante was charged with sixth-degree larceny. He posted the $25,000 bond, and he is expected in court on June 21.

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