A Fairfield woman accused of stealing a purse in Bridgeport was tripped up Tuesday when Chinese food was delivered to the apartment building where she was staying, Bridgeport police said.

The woman -- Tim Keothammachak, 39, of Alberta Street, Fairfield -- was charged with second-degree burglary and sixth-degree larceny in connection with the incident, and held on $25,000 bond.

The incident took place after a Stratford Avenue woman discovered her purse missing about 6 p.m., and when she reported the loss of her credit card to the bank, a bank employee told her the card had been used a few minutes earlier to order food from the Lilac Restaurant on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield.

A short time later, a delivery man from the restaurant brought food to the apartment across the hall from the complainant, according to police. The victim told police that she had left her purse on a chair in her apartment earlier Tuesday. While she was talking to police, the victim said Keothammachak, who had been staying in the apartment across the hall, knocked on her door.

Keothammachak admitted taking the purse and using the credit card to order food, according to the report, but offered to return the purse and to share the Chinese meal if the theft victim did not file a complaint.

But when the victim discovered that $65 in cash was also missing, she decided to press charges against Keothammachak, police said.