Norwich woman faces larceny charges in alleged purse theft

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Norwich — A city woman was arrested on larceny and trespassing charges in connection with a reported theft of two purses from the Stop & Shop employee locker room, police said.

Catherine P. McCarthy, 25, of 66 Lambert Drive was charged at 12:30 p.m. Thursday with fifth-degree larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. Bond and court information were not available Tuesday.

Police said they were called to the Norwichtown Commons Stop & Shop supermarket on July 18 by two female employees who reported their purses and items were stolen from their employee lockers a short time earlier.

The store manager met with the responding officer in the store parking lot and told the officer that one of the female victims was following a person who allegedly was carrying her purse. The officer stopped McCarthy and told her he believed she had stolen the purse she had draped across her body. Police said McCarthy told the officer her mother had given her the purse.

McCarthy allegedly gave the officer permission to search the purse, and he said he found credit cards and other items belonging to the two employees. McCarthy also allegedly was wearing one of the employee’s sunglasses on her head.

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