Connecticut Post (Sunday)

Trumbull mall shoplifter pulled knife on security personnel, police say

- By Caroline Tien

TRUMBULL — A man caught shopliftin­g at a local mall Thursday afternoon brandished a knife at security personnel, police say.

Jonathan Sierra, 41, of Bridgeport, was charged with first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny, Trumbull Police Lt. Brian Weir said Friday. Sierra was held on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at state Superior Court in Bridgeport on March 27.

Trumbull police were alerted to a robbery at the JCPenney store in Trumbull Mall around 4 p.m.

Thursday, according to Weir. Loss prevention officers for the store had earlier observed a male suspect, later identified as Sierra, placing multiple pairs of jeans and a watch inside an open, empty bag he was carrying, Weir said.

When the loss prevention officers attempted to detain Sierra to recover the stolen merchandis­e, he yanked the bag away, took a black knife out of the pocket of his jacket and “displayed it in a threatenin­g manner” before fleeing the store, according to Weir. Officers lost sight of him after he left, Weir said.

While canvassing the area, police officers saw Sierra sitting at the intersecti­on of Main Street and Old Town Road in Bridgeport, according to Weir. He then boarded a Greater Bridgeport Transit bus that investigat­ors were able to flag down nearby, Weir said.

Sierra was taken into custody without further incident and transporte­d to Trumbull police headquarte­rs, according to Weir. He had a lengthy arrest history that included arrests for alleged larceny, robbery, assault and drug offenses, Weir said. Investigat­ors discovered a folding knife in his possession, Weir said.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident, according to Weir.

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