CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH) – What began as a routine traffic stop in Clinton unveiled thousands of dollars worth of stolen items from multiple Connecticut malls.
According to Clinton police, a car was pulled over on route 81 after an officer observed a driver make an unsafe left hand turn, cutting off oncoming traffic. Upon checking the license plate, police discovered that the North Carolina registration on the vehicle was expired, and was not for the vehicle being driven.
Upon pulling the vehicle over, officers noticed a strong scent of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A search revealed that the passenger, Katrina Dise, 36, of New York City, had marijuana with her in the car.
Along with the marijuana, police noticed a device commonly used by shoplifters to remove anti-theft devices from merchandise. As the officer searched the vehicle more, a bag with a foil lining was found; containing over $4,000.00 in stolen merchandise from stores at the Clinton Crossing, as well as the Trumbull mall.
According to police, there was also over $600 in counterfeit bills in the vehicle as well.
Dise, along with the driver, Michael Alston, 36, also of New York City were found to have extensive criminal histories. Both were charged with larceny, forgery, and organized retail theft.
Both are scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court on August 20th.