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Police: Woman, 66, Accused of Shoplifting in Bronxville

Charged with petit larceny by Bronxville PD, Caren Katz of Ardsley allegedly stole a blouse from The Yum Yum Tree store on Pondfield Road.

Employees at The Yum Yum Tree in Bronxville seem to remember the customers who frequent the store and for Caren Katz of Ardsley, that recognition ended up leading to her being arrested for shoplifting.

The 66 year-old was identified by a store employee from previous purchases made in the store when workers discovered that a blouse, valued at $78 was missing from the store, according to police.

Suspecting Katz was responsible, they contacted Bronxville PD and asked if they would inquire about the missing blouse to Katz. Bronxville Police contacted Katz, who surrendered herself and returned the merchandise.

Charged with petit larceny, she was released pending a court hearing.

Josh Semendoff (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Don't think I would have had the heart to press charges on this woman if it were me.
Karen September 18, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Well first of all, 66 or 16... she stole a $78 blouse. If she was stealing food I would be a little more compassionate. She had the money to go from Ardsley to Bronxville and back which is not a short trip. She stole because she wanted to, not because she had to. That is not ok unless you have dimensia!
Michael DeSimone September 18, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Agree with Karen. As you know Josh, you've had so many articles about businesses closing in Bronxville in the past year and in this economy, all businesses are struggling to stay open. Shoplifting costs this country $35M a day and it affects all consumers because sometimes the shop owners need to raise prices to cover the losses. Let the judge be the one to decide what to do with her - the business can't send a message that they are soft on shoplifters by not doing anything.
Michael DeSimone September 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
If you were a small business owner struggling to stay open in a bad economy you would.
Happynewyorker September 18, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I agree with Karen. It's one thing to steal food, it's another to steal clothing. The store should continue on the charges.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Know that I did not have an opinion either way on this story, but am glad to hear your responses. Michael makes an excellent point as does Karen that in this economy, no business can afford to take a loss whether it be by theft or another incident.
ingeborg oppenheimer September 18, 2012 at 02:50 PM
at age 66, sorry to say, the possibility of dementia should be considered, especially given karen's observation of the traveling distances; it somehow doesn't sound like a poverty issue. i hope her family is paying attention. there are medications available that can slow the progress of some kinds of dementia.
Joan Jennings September 18, 2012 at 08:15 PM
As I read this with my 66-year old eyes, I'm finding it difficult to be considered "elderly"!
JOHN DEMPSEY JR. September 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
STEALING BREAD WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY IS EXCUSABLE , BUT A $78 DOLLAR BLOUSE YOU CAN LIVE WITHOUT !
L Murphy September 18, 2012 at 09:19 PM
66 is "elderly?" Not around Bronxville. Hell, I'm 55!! Maybe you'd forgive me if I snagged something from Citrine ;)
Joan Jennings September 18, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Thank you for removing "elderly" from the title of this post, said the grateful and hopefully youthful in mind if not in body 66-year-old.

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