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Shoplifting Employees Arrested in Darien

Two employees at the Stop & Shop on Old Kings Highway North in Darien were arrested Thursday on shoplifting charges. Dewayne Clarke, 29, of Bridgeport, and Andre Rainford, 24, of Stratford, were spotted by management taking items off shelves and hiding them in a cart and on their persons.

Police said they stole a total of $177.15 worth of body wash, soap, deodorant and Zyrtec. Each was charged with sixth-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. Clarke posted $500 bond, and Rainford posted $250 bond. Both will go to court June 15.

Also from the police blotter:

• Anthony Avery, 21, of Stamford, was arrested Thursday on marijuana charges after a traffic stop. Police saw Avery driving a 2000 Volvo S40 south on Hoyt Street with the wrong registration plates. While the officer was talking to Avery, he detected the strong odor of marijuana and found two small bags with about 6 grams of marijuana in the car. Avery was charged with possession of marijuana, misuse of plates, driving without insurance and driving an unregistered vehicle. He posted $250 bond and will go to court June 13.

• Ronald Jones, 66, of Carmel, N.Y., was arrested Sunday on shoplifting charges at Orvis on Post Road. The fishing manager told police that Jones, who was the only customer in the store at the time, had taken $209 in Hydros reels and about $15 worth of fishing flies. The manager said he had just taken inventory of the items when he noticed they were missing. At the same time, Jones was leaving the store with a large bulge in his pocket. Police said Jones admitted to taking the items. He was arrested, posted $500 bond and will go to court June 15.

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