Alleged Shoplifter Threatens Employee With Syringe

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013  |  Updated 12:11 PM EDT
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Alleged Shoplifter Threatens Employee With Syringe

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Syringes like this one have washed up on Del. beaches.

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Bridgeport police have arrested a 39-year-old local man accused of threatening a CVS security guard with a syringe after the employee detained him on suspicion of shoplifting on Tuesday.

Police said a loss prevention officer at the CVS Pharmacy on Boston Avenue saw Christopher Somsky put medicine into a bag and try to leave the store without paying.

When the employee detained Somsky and brought him to a break room to determine if the store would press charges, they realized that the man had shoplifted from the store before, police said.

When the employee told the manager they should call police, Somsky stood up calmly, pulled out a syringe, said he had AIDS and demanded the employee return his cell phone, police said.

The employee ran into a bathroom and locked the door and Somsky ran from the store with the seven packages of Children's Advil, police said.

Police took Somsky into custody the area of East Main and Jane streets and found four syringes, police said, and it appeared that Somsky already had sold the medicine to one of the stores in the area.

Somsky was charged with first-degree robbery  and bond was set at $7,500.

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