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Trumbull Police: Alleged Mall Thief Turned Violent

This week's Trumbull Police activity.

The following arrest information was supplied by the . It does not indicate convictions. All suspects are expected to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Alleged Shoplifting Turns Violent

A Bridgeport man allegedly caught shoplifting drew more charges after fighting with security at the Westfield Trumbull Mall.

Rafael J. Rodriguez, 42, of Palisade Avenue, is charged with sixth-degree larceny and second-degree robbery. Police said he left Lord & Taylor without paying for $375 in cologne.

When officers tried to detain him, he allegedly threatened that he had a friend with a gun who would shoot officers.

After his arrest, officers found he was wanted for five counts of failing to appear in court.

Rodriguez was held in lieu of $150,000 bond for the mall incident and $50,000 for the warrants, police said.

Another Arrest at the Trumbull Mall

A woman allegedly carrying three foil-lined bags and an item used to remove security sensors faces several charges.

Natisha Nicole Phonville, 29, of Linwood Avenue, Bridgeport, is charged with three counts of possession of a shoplifting device.

The bags are used to get by door sensors, police said.

Her bond was set at $500.

Two Additional Arrests

Kevin J. Halls, 19, of Catherine Street, Trumbull, is charged with possession of marijuana. Police said his car was stopped on Sport Hill Road in Trumbull April 3 and officers smelled marijuana in the car.

His bond was set at $15,000.

Camele S. Miller, 39, of Palm Street, Bridgeport, is accused of calling the father of her chlild 18 times in violation of a protective order. Police said she called his cell phone while officers were there hung up when an officer answered.

Trumbull Police went to her Bridgeport home where they saw her hiding, police said. They talked her into surrendering.

For questions about this blotter, email the Trumbull Patch Editor at aaron.leo@patch.com.

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