A woman's purse was stolen from an office at Sacred Heart University Tuesday morning, and her credit cards were later used to rack up more than $4,000 in charges, mostly at the Westfield Trumbull mall.

Police said the purse was taken from next to the woman's desk in Curtis Hall sometime between 10:15 a.m. and noon.

The purse itself is valued at $300 and contained her wallet, worth $90, a digital camera valued at $120, a Blackberry worth $100, $20 in cash, a pistol permit and assorted credit cards When she called to report the stolen credit cards, she learned that $3,500 had been charged at nine different stores in the mall, and another $500 charged at an unknown location.

Police are reviewing surveillance tapes from the mall.