Krystyna Gibek, 60, of Weston was arrested on Dec. 20 at the Fairfield Police Department on an outstanding warrant.
Police said a representative from Marshall’s Department store initiated an investigation in October 2011, after witnessing Gibek refunding non-Marshall/TJ Maxx (TJK) merchandise or low price TJK merchandise with high price tickets with and without receipts.According to police, the representative said Gibek would purchase high price TJX merchandise with cash or a store value card (SVC) from one store location, switching out the merchandise and tags with non-TJX merchandise or lower price TJX merchandise and return it at another store location with the original store receipt. Gibek would receive a store credit or cash for the returned merchandise while still in possession of the original purchased high priced TJX merchandise. According to reports, Gibek has approximately 439 refunds and cash returns totaling $70,000 from May 10, 2009 to present.
A search and seizure warrant was executed on Nov. 19 for the residence of 33 Tubbs Spring Road during which several other items were also seized as evidence of her price/tag switching scheme. Assorted price tags, store receipts, sewing kits and supplies, shirt/sweater collar labels (manufactures/designers name) had been removed. A number of items were seized where labels had been poorly sewed into the collars of shirts and sweaters.
Gibek was charged with fourth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device. Bond was $10,000 for court Jan. 4.