Police: Restaurant Receipt + Video Used to Identify Thief Who Stole $102 from Purse

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Apparently, no one noticed when a 30-year-old customer at a Darien restaurant took an employee’s unattended purse to the men’s bathroom and stole $102 from it on April 7, police said.

But video surveillance cameras are always watching, and when police looked at the recording, they could see the customer leave her table, take the purse from where the employee left it, then walk toward the restrooms, police said.

At about 8:30 p.m., a co-worker told the victim that her purse had been left in the men’s room.

Darien police described the rest of what happened with this account, including accusations not proven in court:

That video recording, by itself, wasn’t enough to identify the woman, but based on where she was seated and the time she was at the restaurant — Bodega Taco Bar at 980 Post Road, downtown, sometime on Saturday, April 7 — police were able to use a receipt of a credit card transaction and identify the woman.

Darien arrest photo of Christine Gjuraj, 30, of Stamford, charged May 4 with sixth-degree larceny.

That’s how they came to arrest Christine Gjuraj of Stamford. A police officer spoke with her, and she confirmed that she was in the restaurant at the time of the theft.

But she gave conflicting statements about what she did while there, and that led the officer to believe she had taken the money and left the purse in the men’s room.

Police applied for and received an arrest warrant charging Gjuraj with sixth-degree larceny. On May 4, she turned herself in at Darien Police Headquarters. She was released on a $450 bond and is due to appear May 14 in state Superior Court in Stamford.


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