UPDATE (clarifies charges) Business competition crossed the line into identity theft-impersonation as a Westport small business owner attempted to have goods only available to a competitor shipped to the competitor’s store, police said today.
Mary Perkins, 53, of 194 Gregory Boulevard, Norwalk, turned herself in Sunday on a warrant and was charged with one count of identity theft second-degree (impersonation), police said.
While police would not release the name of the competitor nor Perkins’s shop, records show that Perkins is the owner of Dress Code at 578 Post Road East, which opened in 2010. A court affidavit showed the competitor was Winged Monkey, 384 Post Road East., where Perkins formerly worked, according to The Hour of Norwalk.
“It was all done electronically,” Capt. Vincent Penna said of the ordering of the goods.
“Perkins admitted to the fact that she had attempted to obtain items that were only available to her competitor by pretending to be a representative of that company,” he added.
In a voicemail message to WestportNow on Thursday, Perkins clarified an earlier police report that she attempted to order goods for Dress Code. “I didn’t attempt to get her (Winged Monkey’s) goods,” she said. “I ordered goods for her.” Perkins did not explain her action.
Perkins was released on a promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, March 13.
Wow. What a horrible crime. I shudder to think of the consequences if this person had gotten away with her felonious conduct. We can all sleep a little safer in our beds tonight thanks to this case being cracked.
Paul I sense your comment is dripping of sarcasm. While it may not seem like a big deal, I’m sure the victim of this crime may think differently. It’s hard enough to start up a small business without this kind of thing.
No, in all seriousness, this “Dress Code” versus “Winged Monkey” dispute evokes gangland Chicago of times past. It is quite horrifying that an item of clothing was almost offered for sale in “Dress Code” when its manufacturer intended for it only to be sold in “Winged Monkey”. Many thanks to the police for not simply discounting this as a commercial civil matter and treating Ms Perkins as the hardened criminal that she undoubtedly is. Hopefully her prison sentence will teach her an important lesson.
if a business competitor of yours posted on their facebook page that you were going out of business, or gave you an indecent gesture in front of your colleagues at a convention without any provocation, or implied that people you do business with are on drugs and always looked stoned and signed your name on those comments, or cancelled your business deals , or asked your customers to get off your furniture so she could drag it out of your place of business, you might feel differently MR BRADSHAW. My business and my reputation have been substantially compromised by this woman.