Norwalk Man Charged With Stealing, Assaulting Grocery Store Manager

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Norwalk police said a 63 year-old man tried to steal desserts from Stop & Shop Sunday, and assaulted the manager when he was caught.
Norwalk police said a 63 year-old man tried to steal desserts from Stop & Shop Sunday, and assaulted the manager when he was caught. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- A Norwalk man was charged with trying to shoplift and assault the manager at Stop & Shop on Sunday morning, according to police.

Samuel Stroman, 63, was charged with third-degree robbery, sixth-degree larceny, third-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace. He was held on $7,500 bond and will appear in court July 24.

Police were called to the Stop & Shop on Connecticut Avenue at about 8 a.m. Sunday. The manager told police that Stroman had entered the store, placed a dessert in his basket and walked out without paying for it.

The manager recognized Stroman from an earlier incident week and followed him outside, police said. When confronted by the manager, Stroman hit him in the side of the head with his basket, according to police reports.

Stroman then went back inside the store, grabbed another dessert and hid it in his hoodie, according to police. He then left. When officers arrived, they located him in the parking lot across the street, and he was taken into custody, police said.

Stroman is also facing charges from an incident earlier this month, when police said he tried to take change from a car outside a laundromat on Connecticut Avenue. The owner of the car in that incident was able to detain Stroman inside the vehicle until officers arrived, according to police reports.

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