Shoplifter pushes cart load of merchandise out the doors at Target www.privateofficer.com
Southington CT Oct 31 2011 A Plainville woman is facing a larceny charge after police said she took a carriage full of items valued at more than $1,300 out of target without paying, according to a police report released Wednesday.
Carrie Cello, of 12 Usher Ave. in Plainville, was taken into custody at her home by Plainville officers and turned over to the Southington Police Department. She was charged with one count of fourth-degree larceny and released after posting a $2,500 bond, police said.
“She was seen on store security cameras pushing a shopping cart full of goods right by the cash registers and out of the store,” said Sgt. Lowell DePalma. “An employee followed her out the door and was able to get the registration of a tan SUV she drove away in.”
According to police reports, Target officials called police after seeing the crime. They said she refused to stop when approached and took off before employees could stop her.
Plainville officers met her at her home after police learned where she lived by researching the registration information for her SUV and found a car full of items. Cello told police she “had paid cash but wasn’t given a receipt.”
The list of items stolen included designer clothes, boots, shoes, DVDs, batteries, reusable Target bags, food, magazines, various toys, an automated pet toy and various styles of gift wrapping paper, according to police reports. The items are valued at $1,349.
This is the second time this year that area police have arrested Cello, 32, in connection with a major shoplifting thefts.
Farmington police arrested her in a similar case, according to court records, and she was granted accelerated rehabilitation. Details of that were not immediately available on Thursday afternoon.
DePalma said that unfortunately, these attempted thefts can be common in the last few months of a year.
“With the holidays coming up, there is a spike in not only shoplifting, but burglaries and robberies, especially in a tough economy,” DePalma said. “We are already providing informational sessions to help residents and officers are adjusting their patrols to respond in a pro-active manner.”