NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Three attempted larcenies involving gift cards were reported by New Canaan’s Walgreens, said police, who were investigating.
The first two incidents took place May 6, and the third took place Sunday, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said. In each incident, a suspect attempted to buy Visa Gift Cards with credit cards that were not accepted, she said.
The first incident took place at about 5:30 p.m. May 6 when a woman attempted to buy four Visa Gift cards totaling $450 and a greeting card for $5.99, Ogrinc said. She then attempted to pay with five credit cards, all of which were denied, before saying she needed to get something out of her car and leaving, the sergeant said.
About 15 minutes, later another woman tried to purchase a total of $809.90 in Visa Gift Cards and activation fees, Ogrinc said. The woman had a MasterCard approved for $302.35 of the purchase but two other credit cards were denied before she left the store, the sergeant said.
The first suspect was described as a heavyset black female standing 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, wearing red/pink pants and a white T-shirt, Ogrinc said. The second was described as a “very heavyset” black woman about 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-5 and wearing red pants, she said.
Both women left and got into white Dodge Chargers with New York license plates and left abruptly, Ogrinc said, adding that it was “more than likely the same vehicle.”
Similar incidents have been previously reported in Norwalk and Westport, Ogrinc said.
In the most recent incident, a muscular black male standing about 6-foot-3 attempted to purchase a Visa Gift Card for $250 plus the activation fee, Ogrinc said. He was turned away after trying to use two Visa credit cards that were declined, she said. He also tried to use a Visa Gift Card to make the purchase, but gift cards can't be purchased with gift cards, she said.
The suspect was wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and a black hat, both of which said Nike, Ogrinc said. He left in a gray Chrysler with Wisconsin license plates, she said.
The New Canaan Police tip line is 203-594-3544.