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Friday, May 27, 2016

Cops: Thief Preyed on Sports Clubs

Westport officers arrested a Bridgeport man Thursday for stealing a wallet from a member of the Westport Tennis Club and cash from a handbag hanging at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, police said today.

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Ronald Garafolo: arrested on warrant. Westport Police photo

Ronald Garafolo, 61, was arrested on an active warrant for the larcenies in Norwalk Superior Court where he was being held on other charges.

According to Lt. David Farrell, the first larceny took place on Oct. 5 at the Westport Tennis Club located at 1696 Post Road East.

“Garafalo was observed throwing a wallet in the parking lot of the tennis club,” Farrell said. “A witness picked up the wallet and returned in to the victim, who left the wallet in her duffle bag at the receptionist counter at the Tennis Club. The victim reported missing $200 cash from her wallet.”

Farrell said that after discarding the wallet, Garafalo went to the nearby Goodwill store where he was captured on video surveillance.

“With the help of Greenwich PD, Garafalo was positively identified as the suspect in this case, as he has committed similar crimes in their town,” said Farrell.

Upon his arrest, Garafalo was also charged with stealing $240 out of a handbag that hanging in the Regatta Room at the Saugatuck Rowing Club.

“The victim noticed that her bag was moved, then noticed her money missing,” Farrell said, adding that video surveillance captured Garafalo taking the money out of the victim’s bag.

Charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny, he was arraigned in court the same day as his arrest.

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