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Fairfield Police: Scan It Scam Spells Arrests For Two Bridgeport Women

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Fairfield Police Department Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Two Bridgeport women were arrested this weekend after they used hand-held self scanners to steal from two Fairfield Stop & Shops, police said.

Around noon on March 3, police were called to the Stop & Shop at Kings Highway Cutoff, where a loss prevention officer said Ines Respeto, 63, of Ellsworth Street, went through the store with a device, but didn’t scan everything she had in her cart, police said.

Records showed she paid about $48, but the items she left the store with totaled $102.95, police said.

Around noon on Sunday, a loss prevention worker at the Villa Avenue Stop & Shop watched Shelly Kouremetis, 58, of Linwood Avenue, place items in her cart that she had not scanned, police said. She had paid $60.55 and left the store with $140.31 in merchandise, police said.

Each woman was charged with sixth-degree larceny, police said.

Kouremetis was released on a promise to appear in court on March 17.

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