Store manager helps cops arrest credit card fraud suspects (UPDATE)

It’s not every day that a store manager at the Westfield Trumbull Mall plays an integral role in a police investigation.

But that’s exactly what happened Friday, April 15 when Trumbull police arrested a Bridgeport couple for credit card fraud after a manager at Champs inside the mall reported that the pair had illegally purchased items in the store back on Feb. 23.

According to a report, the manager recognized the couple — Heather Perdue, 27, and Michael Duque, 31 — from a news broadcast that was on earlier in week which highlighted the couple for a crime they were arrested for in Bridgeport.

Police said that an officer went to the Champs and the manager gave the suspect’s names and told them they were in the store in February.

The report said that fraudulent purchases were made at Champs and Footaction in the Westfield Trumbull Mall. Both purchases were about $200 each.

Police reviewed surveillance video at both stores and saw a man and woman use the card to make the purchases back in February .

Perdue and Duque turned themselves in on an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree, conspiracy to commit credit card theft and two counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the third degree.

The suspects each posted a $20,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 15, 2016. ecognized them and alerted the Trumbull Police Department.

The suspects were stopped by mall security before being brought to Trumbull police headquarters where they were given a warrant out of Bridgeport.

Note: An earlier version of this story reported that there were two crimes committed at the mall — one in February and one last week. Trumbull police confirmed Tuesday that the warrant for Perdue and Duque stemmed only from a Feb. 23 incident.