Police look to ID wallet thief
Updated 4:02 pm, Thursday, January 18, 2018
FAIRFIELD — Police are looking for the man they believe is responsible for a string of thefts from grocery store customers, the most recent reported on Monday.
In November, police received multiple reports from customers who said their wallets or cash had been removed from their handbags while they were shopping at Stop & Shop and Whole Foods stores. There have been similar incidents in Westport, with the same suspect.
Some of the wallets taken on Nov. 19 were later found together in the parking lot, with the cash gone.
On Monday, a woman went to police headquarters and said while she was shopping at Whole Foods around 2 p.m., her wallet was taken from her purse, which she had put in the shopping cart. She discovered the wallet was missing when she went to check out. The wallet contained $150 in cash, and several credit and debit cards, along with a spare key to her car. While she was attempting to cancel her credit cards, she found a $2,800 purchase had been made at Best Buy and there was an attempt to make a $2,950 purchase at the Apple store.
Police have released a surveillance video image of the suspect and his vehicle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfield police detective bureau at 203-254-4840, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES.