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Darien Police Arrest Suspect in July Theft of Cash

DARIEN, Conn. – A Darien man was arrested Friday in connection with the theft of cash from a purse in July. Police arrested the man after seeing him operating a tow truck believed to be connected with the theft.

On July 7, a woman reported she had left her purse in a shopping cart after leaving the Stop & Shop in the Goodwives Shopping Center. Store employees contacted her, saying they had found the purse but $400 was missing.

Surveillance video showed the woman leaving her purse in the cart in the parking lot and driving away. About four minutes later, a flat bed tow truck pulled into a space near the cart. Police said the video had poor image quality and only the color of the truck could be determined.

On Feb. 25, the same officer who worked the case was patrolling the parking lot when he spotted a tow truck in the same location that matched the description of the one in the video. The operator was determined to be Ricky Jensen, 52, of Darien. When Jensen returned to the truck, the officer questioned him. According to police reports, Jensen admitted he had removed the $400 from the purse and then left it so that someone would find it.

A warrant was issued for Jensen’s arrest and he turned himself in to police Friday. He was charged with sixth-degree larceny and released on a promise to appear in court March 19.

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