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Bridgeport Man Charged In Westport Thefts

Ronald Garafalo of Bridgeport was charged with two counts of larceny in the theft of money out of women's purses on two separate occasions.
Ronald Garafalo of Bridgeport was charged with two counts of larceny in the theft of money out of women's purses on two separate occasions. Photo Credit: Westport Police Department

WESTPORT, Conn. -- A Bridgeport man was arrested by Westport police and charged with larceny in two different cases in which he stole money from unsuspecting victims.

Ronald Garafalo, 61, was charged with two counts of sixth-degree larceny on May 26 after Westport Detectives responded to Norwalk Court to serve an arrest warrant on Garafalo for a larceny he committed in October, police said.

According to police, Garafalo was seen throwing a wallet in the parking lot of the Westport Tennis Club. A witness picked up the wallet and returned it to the victim, who left the wallet in her duffle bag at the receptionist counter at the tennis club. The victim reported $200 in cash missing from her wallet.

After discarding the wallet, Garafalo went to the nearby Goodwill store where he was captured on video surveillance, police said. With the help of Greenwich Police Department, Garafalo was positively identified as the suspect in this case as he has committed similar crimes in their town, police said.

In the second case, Garafalo allegedly stole $240 on April 18 from a handbag that was hanging in the Regatta room at the Saugatuck Rowing Club, police said. The victim noticed that her bag was moved, then noticed her money missing.

Garafalo was captured on video surveillance taking the money out of the victim’s bag, police said.

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