Darien woman’s credit cards stolen at Panera
Published 6:10 am, Wednesday, October 5, 2016
DARIEN — A Darien woman had four credit cards stolen from her wallet while at Panera Bread in Darien.
On Sept. 30, the woman was having lunch with her son at Panera at 1063 Post Road at 1:30 p.m. The woman, 48, used her American Express card to purchase lunch, placed the card back in her wallet and put the wallet in her purse. The woman and her son then sat in a booth at the back of the restaurant. She left her son at the table and her purse slung on the back of her chair while she went to get her food when her order was ready. According to police, her son had just had oral surgery and was groggy as a result.
After finishing lunch, the woman dropped her son off at home and went to another establishment in town. Around 2:20 p.m., the woman went to used her card and discovered her American Express card was missing. Her Citibank debit card, a Visa card and her MasterCard were also all missing from her wallet, but the cash she had was still there.
The woman went to Citibank on Heights Road to deal with her missing debit card. There, she and the bank were able to cancel the card, which had already been used at the Stamford Target around 2:30 p.m. An unknown person charged $203 to the debit card and there was a pending charge of $1,218 to the Visa at the same location. Someone attempted to charge a third purchase at the same Target around 2:35 p.m. on the American Express, but the purchase was declined. The MasterCard had not been used.
The woman canceled all the stolen cards. Darien police are investigating the incident and following up at all involved locations.