Alleged CT fur thief must pay $20,000 fine
STAMFORD—A Bronx, New York, woman who allegedly stole over $100,000 worth of furs at Mitchells in Westport and within hours tried to return them for a refund at the company’s sister store in Greenwich will avoid jail if she can come up with $20,000 to resolve the criminal case.
Konis Coleman, 57, appeared before Judge Gary White this week and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of first-degree larceny. If she comes up with the $20,000 by July 14 and has no new arrests, she will be freed to face similar charges in New York state for similar conduct, said Assistant State’s Attorney Michelle Manning.
If Coleman does not come up with the money, White told her he would proceed to sentencing on that date and give her 30 months in prison for stealing the furs, which were recovered by Greenwich police.
Coleman’s attorney, Toya Graham, said she will be very happy to resolve the case if Coleman can come up with the fine money.
Westport police were called to Mitchells department store in Westport at 4:24 p.m. on July 6, 2019, on the report of four furs missing from a display.
A review of the surveillance video inside the store showed a customer entering the store, taking the furs, walking into the dressing room and concealing the furs, then walking out of the store without buying them. Manning said the furs were worth $115,545.
Employees of the store called their sister store in Greenwich and told them to be on the lookout for the furs, in case someone brought them in, Manning said.
A short time later, Coleman showed up at the Greenwich store with the four furs and tried to get a refund, police said. Greenwich officers were called and stopped Coleman and searched her and her car and recovered the furs along with numerous items used to fool security measures to help in the theft, according to police.
Manning said the furs were immediately returned to the store despite being evidence in the case because the courthouse has no cold storage and the furs would be damaged there.
Manning said Coleman has numerous convictions for similar conduct and will be brought to New York following her prison sentence, where she is wanted on third-degree grand larceny charges.