Police on Tuesday night arrested a 53-year-old Norwalk woman for stealing a purse from Baskin-Robbins last week.
She was identified based on video surveillance images that New Canaan Police shared through their own social media accounts as well as through local news organizations, authorities said.
Lida A. Martinez of Olmstead Place came to police headquarters at about 9 p.m. on July 9 to discuss the theft, officials said.
Martinez told officers that she’d taken the purse with the intention of returning it to the rightful owner, according to a police report. Afterwards, the owner of the purse was found and it was determined that cash was missing from it, the report said.
Police charged her with sixth-degree larceny.
The theft occurred on Friday afternoon and was caught on surveillance video. In the video, Martinez can be seen looking around inside the Baskin-Robbins as though to determine whether there were cameras, before deftly lifting the strapped purse and dropping into her own bag.
Police released Martinez after she promised to appear July 23 in state Superior Court in Norwalk.