WESTPORT — A town resident allegedly entered a family friend’s home overnight on numerous occasions to steal money and, just days after her arrest for the alleged thefts, police arrested the Westporter again on drug charges.

Ahead of the first Nov. 15 arrest, a town man identified Elizabeth Rose after spotting her on a home surveillance system he set up in his wife’s home office, where her purse would be left at night, according to police. Officers were called to the Clinton Avenue home on Oct. 5. The husband reported his wife had begun to notice money missing from the purse on occasion beginning in March of this year.

Rose was allegedly caught on tape stealing cash twice after the surveillance was installed, once in June, though her face was covered, and again in late September, when the husband could identify the 50-year-old rummaging through the purse to steal cash.

Rose, a resident of Old Road in Westport, turned herself in to police Nov. 15 for thewarrant out for her arrest and was released after posting $10,000 bail.

Several days later, on Nov. 19, a town K-9 officer allegedly found crack cocaine on Rose and in her car.

After approaching the town resident while she was parked behind he Home Goods on Post Road East, an officer said Rose became nervous and tried to drive away. The officer saw items used to smoke crack cocaine in the car. The police officer had to reach in and put the car in park when Rose would not listen to the officer, according to police.

Rose allegedly attempted to throw tin foil and a crack pipe away and then struggled as police detained her. She admitted to having drugs in her pocket and a K-9 search uncovered two bags of crack, a pipe and other paraphernalia in Rose’s car.

After the first arrest, police charged Rose with two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of larceny, sixth-degree. The burglary charges are class B felonies, with potential sentences of one to 20 years.

Rose faces charges of narcotics possession, drug paraphernalia, interfering with an officer and tampering with evidence from her second arrest. Her bail was set at $10,000 for the second round of charges. She has court dates of Nov. 30 and Dec. 2.

Lweiss@hearstmediact.com; @LauraEWeiss16