TV reporter claims she was working when arrested for shoplifting

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - Police say a Connecticut television
traffic reporter told authorities she was working on a freelance
news story when she was arrested for shoplifting.
Thirty-three-year-old Desiree Fontaine is a reporter for WTNH-TV
in New Haven. Police say she stole about $105 worth of merchandise
from a Milford mall including jewelry, cologne and a men's
Hawaiian-style shirt.
She was charged Saturday with misdemeanor larceny, and the
police report was released Wednesday.
Police say Fontaine told an officer she was a freelance reporter
and was doing "something on the side." She didn't say for whom
she was working.
Fontaine's lawyer, Hugh Keefe, declined to comment Thursday.
WTNH says Fontaine is out on personal leave.

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