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Desiree Fontaine, TV Personality, Charged With Shoplifting

First Posted: 06/21/10 02:18 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Desiree Fontaine
Desiree Fontaine, a reporter in Connecticut, has been charged with a crime.

Desiree Fontaine, a TV personality in New Haven, Conn., was arrested this weekend after being accused of shoplifting.

Fontaine allegedly shoplifted a $104.98 bottle of perfume, and she was stopped by security at the Milford Mall.

The AP reports that Fontaine was released after promising to appear in court on July 7.

Fontaine's Twitter account has been idle since Saturday morning, when she tweeted, "good morning saturday sunshine--i'm ready to play!" The incident took place on Saturday.

Fontaine has not responded to media inquiries for comment and WTNH, the ABC affiliate in New Haven she works for, acknowledged the incident but has not gone into details.

Fontaine joined the staff at WTNH in September 2007 and works a a morning traffic reporter and host of "Connecticut Style" per her official bio. She grew up in California.

An estimated 1 in 11 American adults are shoplifters, and high-profile cases are not uncommon. Some people are frequent offenders: Singer-songwriter Beth Ditto admitted to a shoplifting problem and an 86-year-old woman was arrested for the crime some 61 times. A recent case of shoplifting involved a 7-year-old who later wrote an adorable apology letter.

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