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.