Woman’s credit cards charged for more than $3,000 after theft


A 70-year-old Fairfield woman had more than $3,000 charged to her credit cards after her wallet was stolen from her purse in Panera Bread on Post Road on Nov. 8, police said.

The woman stated that she purchased lunch at Panera, put her wallet back in her purse, but did not zip her purse. She later left Panera, then received a text from Chase bank that a purchase for $637.04 was made at Target in Stamford. At that time, the victim checked her purse to find that her wallet was gone. Before she could cancel her other credit cards, purchases were made at five other stores.

Purchases was made for $955.02 at Wal-Mart in Norwalk, $319 at Staples in Riverside, $54.41 at Starbucks in Stamford, $47.93 at Exxon-Mobil in Darien and $1,900 at Macy’s in Stamford. The victim also reported $80 in cash stolen.

Surveillance footage of the various stores showed two black females at cash registers at the time of each of these purchases. Police are investigating the incident and are expected to release images of the suspects.

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