Traffic reporter Desiree Fontaine arrested for shoplifting

A Connecticut traffic reporter on WTNH in New Haven was arrested for shoplifting just over $100 of merchandise from a Sears location in Milford.

33-year-old Desiree Fontaine got picked up Saturday by police after security allegedly spotted her trying to leave with the unpaid for merchandise. The station for which Fontaine works reported briefly on the incident:

The police report states that Fontaine was arrested Saturday after being confronted by security in the Sears store in Milford. The allegation is that she attempted to take merchandise from the store worth $104.98 without paying.

Fontaine was released from the charges on a promise to appear in court on July 7th. WTNH said that the matter was “personal” and refused further comment:

Ms. Fontaine is employed by WTNH as its morning news traffic reporter and also anchors the station’s “Connecticut Style” program. WTNH’s News Director, Kirk Varner stated that the station would not have any comment on what he called “a personnel matter” at this time.

Fontaine has worked as a reporter for five years, and was previously stationed in both Washington DC and Baltimore. She has been at WTNH since 2007.