Police: Norwalk Woman Blames Landslide For Defrauding Stamford Store

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Stamford Police charge a former employee with theft from a store.
Stamford Police charge a former employee with theft from a store. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Norwalk woman said she was driven to defraud Bed Bath & Beyond because her family had been badly affected by a landslide in Venezuela, Stamford police said.

Carolina Sepulveda, 29, of 14 Prospect St., Norwalk, was arrested late Tuesday by Stamford police. A warrant had been issued for her arrest three years ago, but she wasn't located until Tuesday, police said. She had been picked up by Ridgefield Police, and it was discovered there was a warrant for her, Stamford police said.

Stamford police said they were called to the Summer Street in May 2011 because the manager had suspicions about an employee. The manager discovered the woman had a high volume of voided transactions, and the manager was concerned about inventory discrepancies, police said.

The manager set up a surveillance camera and recorded four suspicious transactions and confronted the woman, police said. She confessed and told the manager that she, along with family members, had set up the scheme so they could help other family members in Venezuela, police said.

The woman would void transactions but allow the customer to keep the item, resulting in a loss to the store, police said.

Carolina Sepulveda, 29, of 14 Prospect Ave., Norwalk, is charged with one count of third-degree larceny. Bond was set at $10,000.

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