Two charged in Labor Day deli burglary

Two Bridgeport men are facing burglary and larceny charges in connection with a robbery at the Pickle Barrel Deli.

Josue Rivera-Suarez

Paul Thompson, 21, and Josue Rivera-Suarez, 26, were charged on Monday by Stratford Police with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree possession of burglary tools.

Police said Thompson, Rivera-Suarez and a third man broke into the Pickle Barrel, located at 1889 Main St., at about 2:35 a.m. Monday and stole a cash register valued at approximately $900 and a case valued at $130. Police said the men then fled the scene in a gray van.

Paul Thompson

Police reviewed surveillance footage and notified police departments in surrounding towns. Police said the men were taken into custody after a brief attempt to flee from Fairfield and Bridgeport officers who found the vehicle.

Thompson and Rivera-Suarez were each ordered held on $20,000 bond and are ordered to appear on Sept. 11 in Bridgeport Superior Court.


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  • Alta Vista

    One issue that no candidate for office has realistically addressed this election cycle is the rise of crime in Stratford. nnThe SPD recently pulled it’s feed from a Crime Watch web site so that when you look at it now it shows no crimes at all occurring in 2017. My neighborhood had over 60 property crimes in the first 6 months of 2017, far, far above normal. nnThe local paper doesn’t think a police blotter feature is worth doing. But the taxpayers affected by the increasing crime rate know just what is happening. nnWhile everyone is focused on the massive dysfunction in Town Hall u2013 alleged spouse beaters running for office, a Town Councilor calling the police to a PZB meeting and now facing a lawsuit from a developer she accused of threatening her u2013 the spike in crime is under-reported. Why?nnIf potential home buyers knew what was actually occurring in Stratford would they still be eager to buy here?

    • Dwayne Chapman

      I agree 100% it’s incredibly suspicious and residents have the right to this information. I’ve made about 100 comments asking why they’ve disappeared and the only “answer” I’ve gotten from Melvin is to send an email which I think is ridiculous. Why is whatever the answer is a secret? Everyone should know why suddenly all police reporting stopped for seemingly no reason although us non idiots can read between the lines and recognize it’s because crime is up and it’s the last thing this town needs. Welcome to the new Detroit, everyone. Women illegally servicing men for a dollar a man.

    • No Trancparency

      And soon when SPD encrypts their radio transmissions no body will know what’s going on making the citizens even less safe. Joe McNeil just doesn’t care.

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