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Trumbull Police Tase Alleged Fleeing Shoplifter

Recent arrests by Trumbull Police.

The following arrest information was supplied by the Trumbull Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

Trumbull police Tased an Ansonia man who allegedly fled after he was accused of shoplifting.

Nelson Perez, 42, of Lester Street, is charged with interfering with police and sixth-degree larceny.

Police said Perez fled from Kohl's on Hawley Lane before officers stopped him. He pulled out of his sweater and jacket before officers Tased him, police said.

Perez was wearing two pairs of jeans under his own, and he had stolen $232 in merchandise, police said.

His bond was set at $1,000.

Accused of Filling Her Purse

A Milford woman was also accused of shoplifting.

Rebecca Lee Schwartz, 24, of Broadway, is charged with sixth-degree larceny.

Police said she entered a Lord & Taylor dressing room with merchandise and an empty purse, and she emerged with a full purse. The tags were found in the dressing room and the clothing had holes where the security clips had been, according to police.

The merchandise was valued at $193.

Schwartz was released on a written promise to appear in court.

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

Joseph Machnik March 08, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The donut cops are relying on tasers more and more. What happened to the old manly way of bringing down a suspect. Pretty soon they will sit in there cars and take down a suspect with a drone. Then back to the donut shop without even having to comb there hair again.
CommonSense March 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Joe... This story about theft.. And it could be anywhere, including your own home..... This is your response??? If this is your thinking...The theft from Kohl's is the least of our troubles.
Sleepless in Trumbull March 08, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Wow! The Trumbull PD are out to save the citizen's lives again! I wish this were the joke it first appeared to be! To begin, I do not condone the crime at hand, however, this over reaction by the men with the guns is more egregious than the actions of the petty thief. Tasers must be reserved for criminals who pose a serious threat to the community. Have the TPD no better training than to electrocute someone for stealing clothes? Was this their only and best option? In my personal experience, the TPD have been threatening rather than helpful, thoughtless rather than inquisitive and discerning. Apparently, their concern is more with their own sense of authority. In my research, I have found countless examples of inappropriate responses and actions against law abiding, productive citizens - some quite shocking. With this kind of judgement, Trumbull citizens unfortunately should be aware that they need to be very concerned and cautious if they encounter an officer in our beautiful little town.
CommonSense March 08, 2013 at 05:41 PM
ANd You probably agree with the 1000's let out of jail because of the Sequester!!!
Sleepless in Trumbull March 08, 2013 at 07:59 PM
It is best to stay on the topic at hand, rather than to divert attention and dilute the discussion with unrelated issues. Certainly, criminals, including he clothing thief, must be arrested, prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law. However, this criminal can now be out on the streets filing a lawsuit against the Trumbull, CT Police Department. The taxpayers ultimately pay the price of police incompetence. This thief has now been empowered, and citizens will be even more vulnerable to his criminal ways! Clearly, the police must be held accountable to the strictest law enforcement guidelines. We must demand that only highly intelligent and ethical officers are hired, continually trained and promoted. Good officers would agree with this because they would have nothing to fear. I am in full support of those good officers, and sadly their reputations suffer. This is something the department needs to sort out. The good, innocent taxpayers of Trumbull are also at risk of becoming the next victims of incompetent police officers' poor judgement and impulsive actions. This is a major problem in Trumbull!
CommonSense March 08, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Oh yeah That's right...... The perps have "more and better rights" than the average law abiding citizen. The perp "has now been empowered"...Who empowered him? How did we get to this level? The perp was wrong and now we are 'more wrong'?. We have been made to drink the cool-aid and become the victim!!!!! If you think the perp is stunned...... I bet the average person is even more stunned. Your last comment about 'poor judgement and impulsive actions' How do you know that?
DS March 09, 2013 at 11:15 AM
Sleepless and Joe- Just because it was a theft related crime, doesn’t mean it couldn’t have turned violent. Police have strict guidelines on using excessive force and I'm sure it was justified. You two are probably former criminals that are ready to criticize any and all law enforcement activity. On another note, retail theft costs retailers billions of $ each year in losses.. and the cost is passed on to you, the consumer. Trumbull Mall and Hawley lane have a serious shoplifting and general crime problem. Maybe this will put future criminals on notice !?!?
Sleepless in Trumbull March 09, 2013 at 03:31 PM
No, I am not a criminal in any way, never have been, never will be . . . Sorry to disappoint you. You both sound quite angry and are jumping to quick accusations based on preconceived ideas, rather than what was said. This is a forum for free speech. As I stated, kind Sirs, I agree that shoplifting is a serious crime with enormous costs to the consumer, and I pay my taxes so that the police will catch the thieves and make arrests. These criminals must be prosecuted. I want the criminals in jail, not released to repeat crimes, or in the position to sue the town and win, because police didn't follow proper procedure. I'm not sure you read exactly what I said. The article is about Trumbull Police using a taser on an alleged shoplifter. The Trumbull Police have a documented history of abuse and failure to follow standard police guidelines. (Do the research) That is the story here. The citizens of Trumbull should be aware that these thug policemen are running our town, and they do not follow the highest of police standards. All people are at risk with them because they they act without thinking and without proper cause. That's is risky for law abiding residents who might encounter them as well. Period.
Joey Jabone March 09, 2013 at 06:11 PM
"Sleepless in Trumbull" sounds like an expert on the Trumbull Police. Curious if they have ever attended a police commission meeting? Have they ever called the Chief of Police or filed a formal complaint? Does "Sleepless" know that the officers and supervisors are answerable to the police commission? What about the positive efforts including the work the police have done in situations like the Storm Nemo and the Hurricanes? Was "Sleepless" on hand during the arrest? Has "Sleepless" ever tried to arrest someone? I agree with DS that there are specific guidelines and oversight on deadly force. I appreciate the efforts the Trumbull police make on behalf of it's citizens. Thanks Joey
DS March 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM
"Thug Policeman" Your name on this post should be "clueless in Trumbull"
fttpd March 21, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Typical trumbull cops. Surprised he wasnt shot in the back

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