Women charged after removing security tags in shoplifting incidents

Two women were arrested this week following separate shoplifting incidents at the Westfield Connecticut Post mall. In both cases the women reportedly removed security tags from the items they attempted to steal.

Police said Suneida Colon, 25, of Bridgeport was arrested Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. for taking $1,050 worth of merchandise from JC Penney without paying for it. Police said she was found to be in possession of a screwdriver used to remove security tags. She was with two men at the time of the theft and police said they are trying to identify and apprehend the two men.

Colon was charged with larceny, possession of a shoplifting device and conspiracy to commit larceny. She was released on a promise to appear in court March 24.

A little more than an hour later, police arrested Heidi Bokowski, 50, of New Haven for reportedly taking $550 worth of merchandise from Macy’s.

Police said Bokowski damaged the stolen merchandise when she removed the security tags.

She was charged with larceny and criminal mischief and was released from police custody on her promise to appear in court March 24.