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Accused Thief Caught Red-Handed

A Boston woman was arrested by Westport police Sept. 22 after setting off the alarm at Anthropologie Clothing at 1365 Post Road E. When police arrived, store security was detaining Diep Quach, 48.

According to reports, Quach set off the security alarm when walking out of the store. She had a black blazer in her purse, which she had not purchased. Quach told police she had purchased it earlier and was looking to return it. A bottle of perfume, which was not paid for, was also found in her purse. A search warrant obtained for her car turned up several other items of clothing from various stores.

Quach, who police said was also detained for immigration violations, was charged with sixth-degree larceny. She is due in court Oct. 7.

Also from the police blotter:

• Merri Middlemass was picked up by Westport police at her Stratford home Friday morning on a warrant. The warrant was issued after Middlemass, 50, allegedly issued a bad check at Top Drawer at 1537 Post Road E. in July. According to police, Middlemass paid for $473 worth of merchandise with a personal check, which bounced. After receiving a certified letter from the retailer asking her to make restitution, Middlemass failed to do so, police said. She was charged with issuing a bad check and sixth-degree larceny. She is due in court Oct. 4.

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