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Cops search for duo believed to have swiped elderly woman's wallet in store

Published 1:05 pm, Friday, December 28, 2012
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Police are asking for the public's help as they search for two people suspected of stealing an 86-year-old woman's wallet while she was shopping at ShopRite supermarket just before Christmas.

The woman was in the store's frozen food aisle around 4 p.m. Dec. 21 when she was approached by a man who began asking her questions about frozen dinners, police said. She turned to answer him, momentarily pivoting away from her purse that was in the shopping cart. When the woman went to the cashier pay for her groceries, she discovered her wallet was gone. She told police that she believes the man distracted her to allow an accomplice to steal her wallet.

The male suspect, as recorded by a store surveillance camera, is described by police as black, in his 30s or 40s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, slender, with a beard and mustache, and wearing glasses. The woman believed to be his accomplice is described by police as black, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall, heavyset, in her 30s or 40s, with long curly brown hair pulled back with a dark headband. She was wearing a brown leather coat.

Police said the two suspects moved about the store separately, each pushing a shopping cart with merchandise. The video shows the man distracting the victim while the female suspect takes the wallet, quickly thumbing through it before hiding it in her own purse, police said. The pair than abandon their shopping carts and leave the store without making any purchases.

The segment of the video released to the public, which does not show the actual theft, can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLAdjxdth3g

The video intentionally pauses at various points in order to allow for better viewing, police said.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the detective bureau at 203-254-4840 or email mgagner@town.fairfield.ct.us. All tips will be kept confidential.