STAMFORD, Conn. — The lost-item prevention team at Macy’s in Stamford apprehended a shoplifting suspect who was carrying a gun Sunday night, Capt. Richard Conklin said.
Sherwin Carmichael, 18, of Norwalk, was seen on security cameras concealing items, and then trying to walk out of the department store, when he was stopped by store officials, Conklin said. When the suspect began struggling with one person a loaded .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun fell out, he said.
The gun was reported stolen in Henderson, N.C. in 1988, he said.
The four items the suspect was accused of attempting to take were valued at slightly more than $130 totally, Conklin said.
Carmichael told police that a person threatened him to carry the gun and steal items from the store, Conklin said. Police do not believe this was the case because he appeared happy and laughing, not threatened, on security footage, he said.
He was charged with sixth-degree larceny, carrying a pistol without a permit, and stealing a firearm, police said. He was held on a $20,000 bond.
Carmichael was also charged with second-degree failure to appear on a warrant out of Norwalk, Conklin said.