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NY Woman, 68, Charged with Taxi Fare Theft in New Canaan

A 68-year-old New York woman who allegedly skipped out on a taxi fare was arrested after police tracked her down several hours later drinking a Dunkin Donut coffee at Starbucks, police said this week. 

According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, police were dispatched to Forest Street near East Avenue at approximately 3:37 p.m. after receiving a call from a 41-year-old taxi cab driver who said a woman skipped out on her fare. 

Police said the cabbie drove the woman, identified as Patricia A. Doniger, 68, of 110 East End Avenue in New York City, from the Waveny Care Center to the train station downtown. Doniger missed the train she was going to catch, so she reportedly asked the driver to take her to nearby Forest Street, but asked how much the fare would be. 

The cab driver allegedly told her the fare was already at $8 or $9, but the woman later told police she was informed by the cabbie it would be a total of $8 or $9 upon arrival. 

When Doniger reached Forest Street and was informed the fare was approximately $14, she allegedly refused to pay more than $9, left the cab and ducked into Athletic Shoe Factory. The cabbie was still waiting in his cab upon police arrival and directed them to the store Doniger entered, but they discovered the woman had exited out of the rear of the store. 

Police began looking around town for Doniger, who was spotted on the street by authorities at least once before she allegedly ducked through another store and ended up being discovered drinking a Dunkin Donuts coffee outside Starbucks by the same taxi driver who reported the theft earlier. 

Ogrinc said Doniger was picked up by authorities and issued a misdemeanor summons for sixth-degree larceny. Police estimated the value of the loss from the driver to be $13.75. 

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