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Wallets swiped from shoppers in Fairfield food stores

Published 7:36 am, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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Police are investigating two incidents where shoppers' wallets were stolen from carts while shopping in town Saturday.

The first incident took place around 5 p.m. at the Super Stop & Shop on Kings Highway Cutoff. A woman said her purse was in a shopping cart, but when she turned away briefly while in aisle 5, the purse was taken. The purse was valued at $200 and held credit and debit cards and an iPhone. The credit and debit cards were cancelled before they could be used, police said, and the iPhone was tracked to a Bridgeport location.

About 5:30 p.m., a woman at the Whole Foods store on Grasmere Avenue said her wallet was taken from a blue bag in her shopping cart. She later received an alert from American Express that someone attempted to purchase a prepaid $500 Visa card at the CVS on Black Rock Turnpike, but the charge was denied.

The man who tried to use the card at CVS was described as in his late 20s or early 30s, wearing a white shirt, fitted hat and scarf. He had some facial hair.

A review of the Whole Foods security video showed two men who appeared to be cooperating in he theft of the wallet.

Both incidents are under investigation, but police said it was not determined if they are related.