Cops: Broken-bracelet theft strategy works like a charm
A scheming duo made off with merchandise valued at nearly $2,000 from Banana Republic, 1499 Post Road, on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
A man and woman entered the store around 2:15 p.m. and police said the woman engaged a sales associate in conversation. Meanwhile, the man -- who was carrying several bags -- stood near the front door.
The woman then snapped a bracelet string, scattering charms across the floor, which prompted the sales associate to crouch down to clean them up.
As the sales associate was helping to pick up the charms, the man reportedly bagged $1,904 in merchandise and left the store, with the woman following. The pair reportedly went to the Trumbull Mall's Banana Republic next, where they took between 30 and 40 cashmere sweaters from the store, an amount valued between $2,000 and $2,7000, the Trumbull police said.
After consulting the Post Road store's video surveillance, employees described the man as between 20 and 30 years old, tall, with black, spiky hair and either white or Hispanic. He also was wearing a red shirt, police said. The Trumbull police described him as Hispanic.
The woman was also described as white or Hispanic by Fairfield police, between 30 and 40 years old, and having blonde hair. She was wearing black pants and a gray shirt, police said. Again, the Trumbull police described her as Hispanic.
The woman appeared to be the same suspect in a previous shoplifting incident at the Post Road store on April 15, although her hair was dark at the timer, police said.
The Post Road store employees did not report the incident to police until 3:41 p.m., nearly an hour and one-half after the theft. They reportedly were waiting for the manager to return.