West Hartford police have arrested an accused prostitute and one of her male clients after a dispute over money prompted the woman to steal a hookah pipe from her patron's smoke shop, authorities said.
Authorities were called to Smoker's Discount World at 33 Crossroads Plaza on Thursday evening to investigate a shopliting complaint.
Police interviewed store owner Malik Moheed, 24, and two female customers – identified as 18-year-old Mattei Yamilet and 21-year-old Danielle Santos – and determined that Yamilet had stolen the hookah pipe following a disagreement with Moheed "over a fee for sexual services" she had rendered.
Police said Moheed and found Yamilet's listing on Backpage.com, an online platform for classified ads similar to Craigslist.
Yamilet was charged with prostitution and sixth-degree larceny. Malik was charged with patronizing a prostitute and falsely reporting an incident.
Santos was charged with third-degree mischief. Her involvement in the incident wasn't immediately clear.