TV Reporter Claims She Shoplifted for Story ...except that she's a traffic reporter By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Jun 24, 2010 3:20 PM CDT 5 comments Comments ...unless it's for an assignment? (©Daquella manera) (Newser) – A Connecticut television reporter who was busted for shoplifting insisted she did it for the sake of a story—except that said reporter covers traffic. Desiree Fontaine explained it was for an "on the side," freelance assignment, though she didn't tell officers who commissioned the hard-hitting project. Police say she stole jewelry, cologne, and a men's Hawaiian-style shirt, total value about $105, on Saturday. She was charged with misdemeanor larceny, reports the AP.