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Woman Charged In $70,000 Returns Scam In Fairfield

Krystyna Gibek, 60, of Tubbs Spring Road in Weston was charged with theft and possession of a shoplifting device by Fairfield Police Thursday.
Krystyna Gibek, 60, of Tubbs Spring Road in Weston was charged with theft and possession of a shoplifting device by Fairfield Police Thursday. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Fairfield Police

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Weston woman was charged with defrauding a pair of Fairfield stores out of approximately $70,000 in a scheme involving returns, according to police reports.

Krystyna Gibek, 60, of Tubbs Spring Drive in Weston would purchase items at Marshall’s or T.J. Maxx in Fairfield, police say. She would then place the tags on lower-priced items and return them for cash or store credit, according to the report. Investigators believe Gibek made 439 returns, taking a total of approximately $70,000 from the store, police say.

Gibek was arrested on a warrant at her home Thursday. Inside her house police found sewing kits, price tags and clothing labels, according to the arrest report. Officers also found signs that new labels had been sewn into the collars of various pieces of clothing, police say.

Gibek was charged with fourth-degree larceny and possession of a shoplifting device, both misdemeanors. Her bond was set at $10,000, and she is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 4.

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