Monday, February 24, 2014
A Fairfield mother who snatched a tip jar off the counter at Westport’s Village Bagels on New Year’s Eve and then dipped into a second tip jar to pay for her order as her kids ran around the store has been arrested by Westport police.
They said an anonymous tip led them to Stacy Flanagan, 44, of Fairfield’s Southport section after the manager of the store at 1874 Post Road East made a surveillance video available to local media. He said more than $100 was taken.
The video showed a woman wearing a parka with sunglasses on her head snatch the tip jar from the counter, put it under her parka, and quickly zip up the jacket. Seconds later she is seen taking money out of a nearby second tip jar as a young boy runs around a few feet away.
Police said Flanagan – who published reports said was arrested in 2010 on a shoplifting charge at a Fairfield Stop & Shop while with her 2-year-old daughter—turned herself in Friday at Westport police headquarters on an outstanding warrant and admitted taking the money.
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