Three people from out-of-state were charged with shoplifting more than $2,000 worth of goods from downtown stores Monday.
The trio was taken into custody after police received a report about 3 p.m. Monday from the LF clothing store on Main Street that two females and a male had just stolen merchandise and they were leaving the scene in a vehicle with New York license plates.
A description of the suspects and their car was broadcast to patrol units, and Officer Marc Heinmiller spotted the vehicle traveling south on Riverside Avenue toward Interstate 95.
After the car was stopped, according to the police report, clothing from the LF store was visible under one of the passenger's feet. Additional merchandise from LF and the local Urban Outfitters store also was found in the car, police said.
Two of the suspects had purses with the interior linings cut so they could conceal merchandise taken from stores, police said.
All three were charged with third-degree larceny, third-degree conspiracy to commit larceny and possession of a shoplifting device.
Both Smith and Weetom posted a $5,000 bonds and were released. Bennett was released by the bail commissioner on a promise to appear in court. All three are scheduled to appear Dec. 6 in Norwalk Superior Court.