Suspected Shoplifter Shoved Security Guard: Police

Cornelius Green 1200
Hamden Police

Hamden police arrested a suspected shoplifter at a Wal-Mart store who is also accused of shoving security staff.

Police responded to the store on Saturday afternoon to investigate a shoplifting and physical altercation and were told the shoplifter was running toward Dixwell Avenue.

Moments later, Officer Dennis Putnam arrested a suspect, Cornelius Green, 52, of New Haven, and said he had a stolen tool in his possession.

Police said Green removed an alarm clock from the shelf and returned it with a receipt that he had in his pocket, then pushed a security officer who approached him and fled from the store.

Green was charged with robbery in the third degree, larceny in the sixth degree, possession of a shoplifting device and breach of peace.

Green, who was detained at police headquarters on a $5,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on Dec. 29.

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