A woman and man are facing drug charges after being busted allegedly stealing a cellphone from a Verizon store in Fairfield County, police said.
Members of the Darien Police Department were dispatched to the Verizon store on Post Road shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, where a store employee reported that a man and woman had just stolen a Google Pixle 3.
Police said that the responding officers were provided with a description of the suspects - later identified as Waterbury resident Sennas Bayram and Morris resident Lawrence Livolsi - who were stopped quickly outside the store. Police said that Bayram immediately complied with the officers’ directions to stop, while Livolsi kept walking away with his hands in his pockets.
Livolsi eventually complied with the officers’ orders, and as he removed his hands from his pockets, he was found to be holding a hypodermic needle. A search of Livolsi found that he was in possession of a bundle of heroin, a pipe used for smoking crack cocaine and a second, capped needle.
While searching Bayram, police said that the officers found a cellphone with the security feature attached to it that is associated with it being tethered to a display counter. While inspecting the phone, officers found that it was in “demo” mode, which “is typical of a phone on display at a retail establishment.”
Bayram denied stealing the phone, but offered to pay for it in lieu of being arrested.
According to police, the two suspects were taken into custody near a vehicle they identified as theirs. A K9 search of that vehicle led to the discovery of a used syringe, a spoon and several plastic baggies with white powder residue on them.
Police noted that while she was being interviewed by officers, Bayram attempted to provide a false name in an attempt to hide her true identity.
Both Bayram and Livolsi were arrested and charged with larceny, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of narcotics. Bayram was also charged with interfering with a police officer and conspiracy to commit larceny. Following their arraignment, both were released on a $7,500 bond and are scheduled to appear in court on Friday, Jan. 11 to respond to the charges.
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