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Darien Police: Thief Nabbed With Shampoo In His Pants

Luis Medina is accused of stealing high-end shampoo and hair products.
Luis Medina is accused of stealing high-end shampoo and hair products. Photo Credit: Darien Police Department

DARIEN, Conn. — A man suspected of cleaning out high-end shampoo and hair products in multiple towns was arrested Friday morning after he allegedly tried to do it again, Darien Police said.

Just before 8 a.m., Darien police were called by the manager at the CVS at 964 Post Road in Darien. A suspect had just fled the store after stealing shampoo and haircare products, police said. The manager said the man ran across the street to the Darien train station and jumped into a taxi, police said.

The first officer on the scene checked several taxis and discovered the suspect sitting in one of them, questioned him and then detained him, police said.

Officers then reviewed the CVS surveillance video and saw the suspect remove and conceal about 15 haircare items from a shelf in the store and conceal them in his loose-fitting pants, police said. Officers searched the suspect and found the items that had been removed from the store shelf in his pants, police said.

Several other haircare products were also recovered in a backpack he was wearing, police said. These items were later determined to have been stolen from a CVS in the Bronx, N.Y. earlier Friday, Darien Police said. Officers also located a tool used to remove security devices from high-end retail merchandise in the backpack, police said.

On Dec. 27,  about $3,000 in high-end hair care products stolen at the Darien CVS, and through an investigation, officers identified the man as the suspect in this incident as well, police said. In all, he is accused of stealing $3,500 in merchandise from the Darien CVS in the two incidents, police said.

He was also identified as a suspect in shoplifting incidents in CVS stores in Stamford, Westport, and New York City, police said. In these incidents, he is suspected of stealing approximately $9,000 worth of merchandise, police said.

Charged with sixth-degree larceny and possession of burglary tools for Friday's incident in Darien is Luis Medina, 25, of 2565 Marion Ave., the Bronx. He was also charged with third-degree shoplifting in connection with the Dec. 27 incident. Police also discovered there was a warrant for his arrest on a charge of second-degree failure to appear in court in Norwalk.

Medina was held on $50,000 bond and remained in the custody of the Darien Police Department.

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