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Thefts from Shoppers at Two Darien Grocery Stores on Same Day

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A wallet and an entire purse were taken from two grocery store customers in Darien on the same day, Sunday July 25 — one at Stop and Shop on Heights Road, the other at Trader Joe’s, police said. Within hours of the thefts — by the time the victims realized their credit cards were gone and contacted the card issuers — hundreds of dollars had already been charged to each card, Darien police said. Police did not say whether they suspect the two incidents are connected. Police described each incident this way:
At Stop & Shop
A shopper at Stop & Shop at 148 Heights Road told police that she was in the store between 2 and 2:30 p.m., then, as she was in the checkout lane, she realized her purse wasn’t in her pocketbook. She had $50 in the purse, along with her driver’s license and bank cards.

New Canaan Police Arrest the Woman They Were Looking For in Purse Theft

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New Canaan Police on Tuesday night arrested a 53-year-old Norwalk woman for stealing a purse from Baskin-Robbins last week. — This article was previously published by NewCanaanite.com. New Canaan police described what happened with the following account, including accusations not proven in court:

She was identified based on video surveillance images that New Canaan Police shared through their own social media accounts as well as through local news organizations. —See also: Do You Know This Woman Suspected in the Theft of a Purse in New Canaan? Police Trying to Identify Her (July 8)

Lida A. Martinez of Olmstead Place came to police headquarters at about 9 p.m. on July 9 to discuss the theft.