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Norwalk Woman Charged With Shoplifting, Assault

NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk shoplifter who fled after punching and threatening a pharmacy security guard last month was arrested Wednesday, police reported.

Kara Seneck-Ortiz, 22, of 32 Kossuth St. was charged with larceny fourth-degree, robbery third-degree, assault third-degree and injury/risk/impairing morals. Bond was $25,000. Police said she had borrowed a car and was accompanied by the owner's teenager daughter during the theft. The 14-year-old juvenile has been charged with conspiracy and conspiracy to commit larceny fourth-degree.

Police said the pair was shoplifting June 19 at the Main Avenue CVS and that the security guard followed them as the they put merchandise into empty CVS bags and into a shopping cart. When they passed the cash registers and tried to leave, the guard stopped them. Police said the girl ran out the door, but Seneck-Ortiz put up a fight and said, "I'm going to kill you."

She grabbed a couple of plastic bags from the cart and fled, police said. The guard followed, getting the license plate of the car. Police went to the home of the owner, who provided the name of the woman she had lent the car to. The teenager came home while police were there.

The security guard identified the teenager and picked Seneck-Ortiz out of a photo lineup as the woman who had punched her. Police obtained a warrant for Seneck-Ortiz.

The pair had $1,131.32 worth of shampoo, body wash, paper towels, health and beauty aids and general merchandise in the cart, police said.

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