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Man Charged with Burglary, Assaulting Officer, K9

Police arrested a Bridgeport man after they caught him red-handed.

A former Stop & Shop employee was arrested after police were tipped off he may have been hiding in the store after hours in order to steal cigarettes.

Reginald Joseph, 42, of Bridgeport was charged with burglary in the third degree, two counts of assaulting a police officer, larceny in the third degree and resisting arrest on Dec. 30.

According to police, with the assistance of the Westport K9 unit, officers arrived outside the business at around 9:14 p.m. that night, preparing to enter the store and look for the suspect. Before that happened, Joseph “came walking out the front door with a box in his hands,” police said.

Officers then ordered Joseph to stop, and he did not.

“He ran at one of the officers, pushing him then kicking the K9,” police said. “He continued to run at which time the K9 was released and he took the subject to the ground.”

Joseph was held on $50,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 31. 

Wilton Resident January 03, 2013 at 12:29 PM
So scary this guy was an employee at S&S. Don't they do background checks before hiring? I'm sure it is not his first offense.
Lorna January 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Let's hope the K9 wasn't restricted from offering a little bit of his own justice after getting kicked. Serves the perp right.
Mom of 4 in Wilton January 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
CT employers can run criminal background checks but since 2011 we can't run credit checks on most employees thanks to the Democrats in Hartford. We can't find out if a person being considered for a $35,000/yr position with access to our inventory has previously filed for bankruptcy and has now racked up another $150,000 in credit card debt. So we end up unknowingly hiring employees who have good reason to steal from us.
EMR January 03, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Mom of 4 go to the civil or small claims ct website everything is there
Wilton Resident January 03, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Hopefully he will get an animal abuse charge tacked on to his burglary/stealing charges too!!
Ex Republican January 03, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Nah, some scumbag lawyer will sue the town for the dog bite. maybe Pinsky.
Wilton Resident January 03, 2013 at 09:40 PM
That would be a travesty. But you are right, amazing how the offender can profit from a negligent, crime!
Atomic Dog January 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Westport K-9!!!! Where was Enzo...at the Donut Shop ?

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