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Stamford Woman Who Found Fake Bomb Charged With Stealing Makeup From CVS

Joanna Jack
Joanna Jack Photo Credit: File photo

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A Stamford resident who brought what she thought was a bomb into Stamford Police headquarters on Nov. 30, and was arrested on Dec. 26 by Darien Police after she struggled with them while allegedly high on PCP has again come to the attention of police.

This time, Joanna Jack, 30, of 196 Hope St., Stamford, was arrested on a sixth-degree larceny charge in connection with the theft of makeup from CVS on Wednesday, Stamford Police said.

Police said they were called to the CVS at 229 Hope St. just after 2 p.m. on a theft-related complaint. A woman in the store was trying makeup on her face but was told by to stop by store staff, who said the makeup was not a free sample, police said.

The woman told staff that she would buy the makeup, police said. She was later seen walking into the bathroom with items in a basket, police said. After leaving the bathroom, she paid for one item worth $7.97 before leaving the store, police said.

A store employee found four empty packages in the bathroom waste basket that were for items worth $129.49 total, police said.

When the woman was stopped in her Honda Accord outside the CVS, she locked the doors, refused to roll the windows down and refused to exit the vehicle despite multiple requests by a police officer, Sgt. Simon Blanc said.

The manager told the officer and the woman that he didn't want to press charges and instead just wanted the woman to return to the store and pay for the items, which the woman agreed to do, police said.

When the woman found out the items would cost $129.49 "she got into a tantrum and said she was not going to pay and that's when the officer slapped the handcuffs on her," Blanc said.

On Dec. 26, Jack was arrested by Darien Police after they discovered there was a warrant for her arrest from Stamford Police on a charge of failing to appear in court. Darien officers apprehended her after checking on a damaged Honda Accord that was parked by a gas station at 12:30 a.m., police said.

She became argumentative with officers and refused to leave her vehicle, police said. Officers believed she was trying to drive away and grabbed the keys from the ignition as they struggled to take her out of the vehicle, police said.

Officers discovered what they believed to be the drug PCP in the car, police said. When she was taken to the hospital, she told an EMS paramedic that she had been smoking PCP all day, according to police. She became extremely combative with hospital staff and had to be sedated, police said.

Back on Nov. 30, Jack brought what she said was a pipe bomb into Stamford Police headquarters, prompting a hurried response by officers, police said. She told police she had run over object on Broad Street near Target at about 12:30 a.m. The object was a cylinder with wires wrapped around it, police said.

She picked it up, drove it to the police station and walked into the police headquarters lobby and placed it on front counter, police said. The sergeant immediately ordered her to take it outside and place it on the grass outside headquarters, police said.  The bomb squad was called, and traffic was rerouted from Hoyt and Bedford streets while the item was investigated.

There were no charges in connection with that incident. The item was not an explosive, police said.

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