Darien woman charged with stealing carts of items from Target in Stamford
Updated 1:08 pm, Tuesday, April 18, 2017
STAMFORD-Five fingered discounts aren’t unusual.
But one Darien woman with a history of shoplifting arrests decided to go big and was charged with stealing two shopping carts filled with merchandise worth over $1,500 from Target last month.
“I don’t know how she figured out how she was going to get out the door,” said Sgt. Robert Shawinsky.
Shawinsky said the arrest came out of an complaint at the downtown retailer on March 17.
That day, Anna Just, 30, of Five Mile River Road, was shopping at Target and brought a cart full of items, including two high-end Dyson vacuum cleaners worth $700, to the customer service desk.
She asked to leave the cart there because she said she had more shopping to do.
“Then she got another cart and loaded that up and then went back to get the first cart. And the last they saw of her was getting into the elevator with both carts,” Shawinsky said.
Store security followed Just into the parking lot on video camera and watched her put the items, that included storage bins, a coffee maker and decorative clock, in the back of her car. A security guard stopped her as she was driving out and asked her if she took those items without paying. She reportedly told the guard that she did take them without paying before motoring off, Shawinsky said.
Just, who has three pending shoplifting cases even before this latest arrest, was appearing at the Stamford courthouse on Monday. She was picked up by Judicial Marshals, who were aware that Stamford had an open arrest warrant in her name.
She was charged with third-degree larceny and released after posting a $5,000 court appearance bond.