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Norwalk Woman Charged With Shoplifting Jewelry

Stamford resident Maria Paredes, 46, was arrested at 12:32 p.m. Monday by Norwalk police on charges of shoplifting $2,895 worth of jewelry from Kohl's department store Monday.

Lt. Timothy Murphy said Kohl's store security guards watched Paredes enter the jewelry department and put items into her shopping cart. They watched her go into a fitting room, and when she came out, the jewelry was no longer in her cart. It wasn't in the fitting room.

Paredes allegedly abandoned the cart and left the store. Security brought her back inside. She allegedly admitted she had taken the jewelry. A pair of scissors, used to cut the tags, was taken as evidence, police said. She was charged with larceny. Bond was set at $2,500.

Paredes is a part-time Salvation Army bell ringer, but police say she was not ringing the bell at the time of her offense. "While Paredes stated that she was employed part-time as a seasonal bell ringer by the Salvation Army while answering routine questions which are part of the standard booking process, she was not engaged in or on-duty as a bell ringer or representing the Salvation Army at Kohls, before, during her arrest," said Lt. Paul Resnick.

Also from the police blotter:

• The RadioShack on Belden Avenue was robbed at 8:28 p.m. Monday by a man wearing a hoodie cinched tight around his face. Store personnel say he placed a folded note on the counter. In blue ink on white notebook paper were the words, "Give me the money." The cashier handed over everything in the cash register, an undisclosed amount of money. The thief fled eastward, according to the report.

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