On 2/9/2020 at approximately 6:23 PM, the Fairfield Police Department was contacted by a Loss Prevention Officer at Super Stop & Shop (760 Villa Avenue, Fairfield) who reported two subjects shoplifting within the store. Stop & Shop reported that they were watching two black males, later identified as Akanilli Dekattu and Tequan Robinson, on video surveillance, placing a large amount of health and beauty care products into a large black bag. The Loss Prevention Officer noted that he recognized the two males from a recent Shoplifting bulletin sent to area Stop & Shop stores.
Several officers responded to Stop & Shop and were outside the store when Dekattu and Robinson exited. Upon seeing the officers, both subjects fled on foot despite being told multiple times to stop. The large black bag, containing the stolen merchandise was dropped in the parking lot and eventually retrieved by Loss Prevention.
Robinson attempted to run to a vehicle that had been left running in the parking lot, however officers were able to take him into custody before reaching the vehicle. As Robinson was being placed into the rear of a patrol vehicle, he spit at one of the arresting officers.
The second subject, Dekattu, was taken into custody near the Dunkin Donuts parking lot at 200 Tunxis Hill Road.
Inside of the subject’s vehicle, officers located a second black bag with a large amount of health and beauty care merchandise which was determined to have been stolen from another Stop & Shop location.
It was determined that Robinson and Dekattu had taken $1,804.49 worth of merchandise from the store. The stolen merchandise found in their vehicle was valued at $616.61.
Robinson and Dekattu are believed to be members of a larger organized retail theft ring responsible for numerous incidents since 1/16/2020 at Stop & Shop locations in New York and Connecticut. This retail theft ring is believed to have caused Stop & Shop a total loss of over $30,000.
Both subjects were found to be in possession of large amounts of cash. This cash is believed to be proceeds from the sale of stolen merchandise and it was seized as a result.
Akanilli Dekattu (DOB 1/17/97), of Brooklyn, NY, was arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft, 53-142k(b), Larceny in the Fourth Degree by Shoplifting, 53a-125, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Fourth Degree, 53a-48/53a-125, Interfering with an Officer, 53a-167a, and Larceny in the Fifth Degree by Possession, 53a-125a.
Tequan Robinson (DOB 4/13/99), of New York, NY, was arrested and charged with Organized Retail Theft, 53-142k(b), Larceny in the Fourth Degree by Shoplifting, 53a-125, Conspiracy to Commit Larceny in the Fourth Degree, 53a-48/53a-125, Interfering with an Officer, 53a-167a, Assault on an Officer, 53a-167c, and Larceny in the Fifth Degree by Possession, 53a-125a.
A $10,000 bond was placed on both Robinson and Dekattu and they were issued a court appearance dates of 2/20/20 at Bridgeport Superior Court. Both subjects posted 10% of their cash bond and were released according to new State bond regulations.