MERIDEN — A local man is accused of threatening a Stop and Shop employee after police say he was confronted about stealing Oreos from the Broad Street store.
Juan Cruz, 32, of 5 Oak St., was charged Wednesday with second-degree robbery, second-degree threatening, sixth-degree larceny, interfering with police and breach of peace. He was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday. A judge set bond at $16,200 and continued the case to Jan. 4.
On Wednesday around 3 p.m., authorities were called to Stop and Shop, 485 Broad St., after employees reported a man came into the store with an empty plastic bag and started filling it with packages of Oreo cookies.
An asset protection employee confronted the man, and noted she recognized him from previous incidents, according to a police report. The employee took a bag of Oreos from Cruz as he left the store. Another employee outside the store saw Cruz leave and tried to stop him, but Cruz threatened to harm her if she came close, the report said.
Cruz fled before officers arrived. Police took him into custody at this home.
According to statements in court, Cruz has previously been convicted of larceny and has a criminal record in New York and Pennsylvania. Cruz also has pending cases involving larceny and trespassing charges.