Walgreens shoplifter accused of repeat offenses
Police arrested a Stamford man involved in multiple shoplifting incidents on March 13. Loss prevention employees at the Heights Road Stop & Shop identified James Coates, 42, from prior shoplifting incidents and began monitoring him when he entered the store at about 3 p.m. Coates filled a cart with items and went to the register, where he told the cashier that he did not have any money to pay, and left the cart.
As he attempted to leave the loss prevention employees stopped Coates and found items hidden under his jacket. Coates admitted to stealing them from the neighboring Walgreens. Video surveillance footage from Walgreens showed Coates hiding products inside his jacket. Several personal hygiene products were found on his person, carrying a total value of $166.86.
A routine check of Coates’ information revealed an active arrest warrant out of Stamford for Larceny in the sixth Degree. Coates was transported to headquarters where he was processed for a new charge of larceny for shoplifting. He was released on a promise to appear to officers from the Stamford Police Department. Coates is due in court on March 23 in Stamford.