Police: Bridgeport residents charged with shoplifting from Westfield Trumbull mall

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TRUMBULL — Two Bridgeport residents have been charged with larceny after police say they shoplifted nearly $2,000 worth of clothing from the Westfield Trumbull mall on Tuesday.

Trumbull police said in a release that 42-year-old Janet Gonzalez has been charged with fourth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny. Carlos Hernandez, 32, has been charged with third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fifth-degree larceny and interfering with an officer, according to police.

Police said Gonzalez and Hernandez had close to $2,000 worth of unpaid clothing with them when they left Macy’s. Store security had “initially attempted to stop them, but they left the store,” according to police.

Police were notified and helped apprehend Gonzalez while she was trying to enter a stolen Chevrolet Cruz’s driver side in the parking lot, according to police. Police said Hernandez “ran from the scene.”

“Gonzalez had her right hand behind her back and squared off in an aggressive manner towards the arriving officer,” police said. “The officer yelled for Gonzalez to stop, but she ran away from the officer and toward Macy’s security with an unknown object in her hand.”

An officer chased her and used a stun gun on her, “resulting in the capture of her,” police said.

“Hernandez was later apprehended by officers near the bus stop,” police said.

After Gonzalez was stunned, Trumbull EMS brought her to Bridgeport Hospital to be evaluated, police said. She was later charged at Trumbull Police Headquarters.

Police said there weren’t any injuries in the incident.

Bond was set at $25,000 for Gonzalez and at $10,000 for Hernandez, who is on probation, according to police. Both are set to appear in court Aug. 3.