16-Year-Old Girl Robs New Canaan J.Crew

The girl nearly hit a pedestrian while fleeing the scene in her car.


A 16-year-old female was arrested on June 14 for allegedly stealing a handbag from J. Crew in New Canaan, police said.

The juvenile from Westport allegedly fled the store with the $258 bag, at which point store employees noted her vehicle description and reported to New Canaan police at approximately 12 p.m., police said.

While exiting Morse Court, the girl nearly hit a parking authority who was walking at the time, police.

Police investigation led to the identification of the girl and her parents, who came to the police station. The girl allegedly admitted to stealing the bag and gave it to the officers who returned it to J.Crew, police said.

J.Crew did not wish to pursue larceny charges, but the girl was charged with a misdemeanor for reckless driving, police said.

She was released on the promise to arrive at court on June 20, police said.


A New Canaan man was issued an infraction on June 11 for passing a stopped school bus, police said. 

Michael Tang, 20, allegedly committed the violation while travelling past 155 Jeliff Mill Road, police said. 

The school bus driver reported the incident and Tanf was fined $465, police said. 

Andrew Tarnowski, 83, was also issued an infraction and fined $465 on June 14 after the bus driver reported that Tarnowski passed the stopped school bus on Park Street, police said. 

Both men are New Canaan residents, police said. 

"The New Canaan Police Department is committed to ensuring our children are safely transported to and from school. The New Canaan Police Department has zero tolerance for these violations," said police in an official press release. 


A Middlefield man was issued an infraction on June 11 for possession of narcotics, police said.

Gregory Knight, 23, was pulled over for a broken brake light while travelling down South Avenue when a canine unit detected the smell of narcotics coming from the trunk of Knight’s vehicle, police said.

The officer found marijuana in a backpack belonging to Knight, who was issued the infraction at approximately 3:20 p.m., police said.


Police responded to a dispute on June 14 at 21 Cross Street where a Hoyt Livery employee was having a dispute with the business owner, police said.

Orlando Andujar of Norwalk, 49, was allegedly intoxicated and became belligerent when officers arrived and told him he could not leave the scene, police said.

Andujar, who allegedly admitted to drinking, allegedly threw his scooter to the ground and began swearing at the officers and owner, police said.

Andujar was charged with second-degree breach of peace and was released on the promise to arrive at his June 26 court hearing, police said.


Police are investigating two vandalism mailboxes at 51 and 54 Toquam Road, police said.

On June 15 at approximately 11:36 p.m., residents reported a white, teenage boy in a black shirt and tan shorts damaging their mailboxes, police said.

When residents yelled at him to stop, the boy allegedly drove off in his black Jeep Commando, police said.

Police are asking any individuals with information on this incident to contact New Canaan police.


Three Norwalk teens were issued infractions on Oanoke Ridge Road for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, police said.

Chris Jerome, 19, Ghedric Luz, 18, and Ty Guarente, 17, stopped in front of an officer who was directing traffic while CL&P repaired downed wires, police said.

When the three young men rolled down their windows, the officer allegedly smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said.

The officer found two bags of marijuana and a smoking pipe with marijuana residue in it, police said.

Luz, the driver, was also issued an infraction for the possession of drug paraphernialia, police said.


A 20-year-old female called police on June 17 to report a laptop that had been stolen from her party the night before, police said.

The complainant went outside to her back deck during a party she was hosting and, upon returning, found that the MacBook Pro she was playing music on was gone, police said.

The laptop is worth approximately $1,300.


cindyb June 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Girl "ROBS" J Crew...stop it! What a ridiculous headline. She stole a purse and the store did not even press charges. I commend J Crew for not prosecuting this young girl because she made a stupid mistake. I am sure she felt horrible enough knowing she was caught & for what she had to go through at the police station for allegedly nearly hit a parking authority. You don't always have to prosecute people to the fullest extent of the law for them to learn a lesson nor do you have to write such pathetic headlines to grab attention to the Patch readers.
LittleFork June 21, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I was waiting to read she had a gun and stuck the place up...news is slow end of june in NC...waiting for a trophy burning or out of control coach story for the fall !!
frank phelps June 22, 2012 at 02:36 PM
binky u are delusional if u think that this girl should not have been prosecuted to the fullest extent. her callous and selfish behavior could of cost somebody their life and all she got was a slap on the wrist! If this incident happened in a less affluent community and whose parents didn't have the "means" and connections to get her off she would be in jail.
Lisa June 22, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Not arresting this girl shows a humanitarian side to NCPD that we've not seen in the recent well publicized cases. Maybe she benefited from the negative publicity. I was under the impression that once a complaint had been made, that it was out of the complainants hands on prosecution decision. I wonder if it would have been handled in the same manner if say the girl was from Bridgeport.
Emily Constance (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
No, "rob" is correct. Rob: a (1) : to take something away from by force : steal from (2) : to take personal property from by violence or threat b (1) : to remove valuables without right from (a place) (2) : to take the contents of (a receptacle) c : to take away as loot : steal <rob jewelry> 2 a : to deprive of something due, expected, or desired b : to withhold unjustly or injuriously
LittleFork June 22, 2012 at 04:21 PM
A girl stealing a purse in town is a fine and a slap on the wrist....bring back the trophy burning...coaches gone wild stuff way more interesting
LittleFork June 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Most think of "Rob" as 1a - by force....was she packing?
NCDad June 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
What if the girl was not from New Canaan? Seems as though there has been more severe consequences for seeming minor transgressions for out of town folks lately.
Emily Constance (Editor) June 22, 2012 at 04:35 PM
LittleFork, there was no mention of a weapon from the PD. She was not "packing" according to New Canaan Police.
ihadaboobjob June 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
cut her hand off, it wasnt for food or toiletries, it was for a handbag. those are the penalties we need now.
Sushi June 27, 2012 at 05:39 PM
In Haiti, they cut off the hands even stealing for food to survive! I agree with Binky - what kid has not engaged in shoplifting before? whether it be a piece of gum or a handbag i can name countless kids i grew up with around here who stole from everywhere they entered and had plenty of money at home to pay for it. some of them are running big companies today and doing non profit work for the poor and homeless. new canaan police did not want to see her get off entirely so they hit her with a misdemeanor for some bs thing. no one was hit or hurt and the whole thing should be dropped. appearing in court on june 20th will let everyone know who she is. that's what the new canaan police want. total exposure for anyone and everyone who makes a mistake. shoplifting at age 16 is a judgment error. a mistake. maybe even a cry for help and attention from her parents. but nothing more than that.


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