On Monday, Nov. 21, officers were dispatched to the Southington Walmart (235 Queen St.) at approximately 7:30 after receiving reports about a shoplifter. As a result of the investigation, Amy Florian, 36, of Southington was charged with sixth degree larceny and leaving a child in her vehicle.
Loss prevention employees noticed Florian enter the store at approximately 7 p.m. to return a cell phone, but she was denied for not having a receipt. Employees noticed that she was carrying her 2-year-old daughter at the time of the transaction.
At 7:16 p.m., Florian re-entered the store without her child. While in the store, employees witnessed her selecting a box of chocolates, opening the plastic container, and eating them as she walked to the grocery section where she picked up a tub of yogurt and replaced it with the empty box of chocolates.
She paid for the yogurt, but not the chocolates. She passed all final points of sale before she was confronted and detained by loss prevention employees.
Loss prevention workers discovered Florian’s daughter left alone in the parking lot. The child was found wearing a dress and coat, but she had no undergarments due to the fact that she had urinated through them. At the time of the incident, the outdoor temperature was in the mid-30s, and Florian’s daughter was left unattended for approximately 18 minutes.
The value of the chocolates was $4.96. A family member responded and transported Florian and her child from the scene. DCF was notified about the incident.
Florian was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at the Bristol Court on Dec. 5.