Woman, charged with missing court date, warned to stay out of stores
A Fairfield Public Library patron called police Tuesday when she thought she spotted a woman who she believed had stolen a jar of honey from Catch a Healthy Habit last month.
She told police she confronted the suspect about the theft, but the woman -- identified by police as Joan Sargent -- denied it. Police, however, ran a check and found that Sargent, 54, a Milford resident, had failed to show up for a court date last year and she was taken into custody.
Sargent was arrested last Oct. 31 on criminal trespass charges after showing up at the Fairfield University Bookstore downtown. She had been previously warned to stay away from the store after allegedly making obscene gestures and comments at bookstore employees and patrons in 2013.
Given a court date of last Nov. 14, Sargent did not show up, according to the report, and a re-arrest order was issued by state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Jan. 20 of this year.
After being taken into custody, Sargent was also warned to stay out of Catch a Healthy Habit. Last month, the owner had called to report that a woman was seen on security video putting a $14 jar of honey in her pocket and walking out without paying. The owner did not want the woman arrested, but wanted her to be warned to stay away.
Sargent was held on a $1,000 bond for the failure to appear and is scheduled to appear May 26 at Superior Court.