A woman has been charged after police say she used credit cards from a wallet stolen at Panera in Westport.
Andrea Soledad Lopez-Poblete, 43, of Queens was arrested on Wednesday, July 10 following a nearly two-year investigation of a stolen wallet.
Westport Police say they responded to the Panera Bread on Post Road East on a report of a theft from a wallet on Saturday, September 16, 2017.
The victim told police she noticed her wallet was missing shortly after leaving the restaurant. Upon returning, she was told that her wallet had been turned in. After receiving her wallet from the restaurant’s management, police say she noticed that there were several credit cards and cash missing.
When attempting to cancel the cards, police say the victim discovered that they had already been fraudulently used to make several purchases in the area.
After obtaining and reviewing surveillance footage collected from Panera Bread and the other locations the cards were used, police say they identified Lopez-Poblete as the suspect.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Lopez-Poblete that was marked for extradition. She was ultimately taken into custody by Pennsylvania law enforcement officials for the active warrant.
Lopez-Poblete was extradited back to Westport Police Department on Wednesday, July 10, where she was processed and charged with the following:
- Fifth-degree larceny
- Theft of a credit card
- Illegal use of a credit card
- First-degree identity theft
Lopez-Poblete was unable to post her $100,000 court-set bond and was transported to Norwalk Superior Court for arraignment on Thursday, July 11.
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