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New Canaan woman receives summon in alleged cheese theft

Published 3:55 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013
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A New Canaan woman received a summons Jan. 25 after police said she was caught on video taking cheese from Walter Stewart's Market.

Police said surveillance video showed Serena Benenson, 56, of Richmond Hill Road removing Brillat-Savarin Bloomy Rind French cheese from its box at Walter Stewart's, and placing the empty box on the shelf. The cheese was valued at $16.99.

The manager told police he saw Benenson take a jar of caviar from the store a few months ago and recognized her when she came in Jan. 25. Police said the market didn't contact them regarding that incident.

According to police, Benenson was seen taking the cheese and replacing the box. The manager checked the surveillance footage and then made sure the box was empty and that Benenson hadn't paid for the cheese.

The manager found her name and information from her store account, which she had used to make her other purchases, and he called the police.

When the police arrived at Benenson's residence, she admitted that she had taken the cheese. She said that she had made a mistake, and that it was a bad decision, according to the police.

She was issued a summons for sixth-degree larceny. She was released on a promise to appear in court Jan. 31.