BRISTOL - A city woman has been accused of stealing nearly $2,000 from a man who mistakenly left it at a local grocery store.
Maribel Ortiz-Ortiz, 59, of 78 Federal St., allegedly found the envelope full of cash on a table at the Price Chopper food court, at 121 Farmington Ave., shortly after the victim forgot to take it with him on Feb. 9.
According to the arrest warrant in the case, the complainant reported the theft to police shortly after leaving the grocery store and realizing he no longer had the envelope, which contained $1,980 and a check for $800.
Police viewed the surveillance footage and found that the victim forgot to take the envelope when he left the food court. Shortly thereafter, a woman approached the table and left with it.
Police said the vehicle the suspect was seen getting into was later traced back to Ortiz-Ortiz. Further, investigators wrote in the warrant, the woman in the video appeared to resemble her.
When officers spoke to Ortiz-Ortiz, she admitted she was the person in the surveillance, but she denied stealing anything.
Ortiz-Ortiz was charged last week with one count of fourth-degree larceny. She is free on a $1,500 non-surety bond, and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.