A Whole Foods employee was charged with larceny after an iPad 2 was taken from a shopping cart and stashed under a traffic cone.

Daniel Contreras, 33, of Greenwich, was charged with sixth-degree larceny March 5 at 8:45 p.m. after an Apple iPad 2, valued at $500, was taken from a Norwalk resident's vehicle, police said.

The Norwalk resident was shopping at Whole Foods, but didn't realize the device was missing until after he returned home. He went back to Whole Foods to speak with management but was unable to locate the device, police said.

A locator application was activated and showed the iPad 2 was still in the parking lot of Whole Foods. The Norwalk resident used the investigating officer's iPhone to activate an alarm on the device, police said. The iPad 2 was located under an orange traffic cone to hide it from view. At the time of the theft Contreras was the only employee in charge of the shopping carts in the parking lot, police said.

When interviewed about the theft he initially denied taking the iPad 2 but later admitted he saw it sitting in a shopping cart and decided to take it, police said. He told the officer he placed it under the traffic cone so he could retrieve it after his shift ended.

He was released on a promise to appear and scheduled to appear in court March 16.

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