Lost Purse Means Ridgefield Woman Can't Visit Ailing Mother

A Ridgefield woman living with disabilities pleas for her purse back, which contained cash she saved to fly out to Texas.


After 56-year-old Ridgefield resident Grace Romero was putting away her groceries two weeks ago on Friday, August 3, she couldn’t locate her purse—the one which contained all of her saved cash needed to visit her ailing mother in Texas. Distressed, she drove 10 minutes from her home back to Copps Hill Plaza where she had been shopping at Stop & Shop and began asking people in the parking lot and in the store if anyone had seen her purse. She called the Ridgefield Police Department shortly thereafter.

“I looked like a maniac trying to look for it,” she said.

And with good reason: Without that money (a lump sum that Romero would not disclose) she would have to depend on the charity of her family to visit her 80-year-old disabled mother who had recently underwent a stroke. The cash was particularly important this time because she said had saved the money in order to see her mother “before she died.”

Romero, herself living with disabilities and a member of the town’s Commission for the Disabled for 13 years, hoped that the kindness of Ridgefield strangers would prevail as it had in the past. Since she moved to Ridgefield in 1998, she has lost her purse (not always the same one, but one with always with less than a hundred dollars inside) three times before but every time she had it returned to her in less than a week, with everything intact.

“So I’m optimistic that they’ll return it,” said Romero. However, given the amount of cash in the purse, she isn’t positive it will be returned.

“I guess this time I had more money [in there],” she said “Stupid me.”

She said she just wants her purse back, with “no questions asked” and is also offering a reward.

Police logs note a missing property complaint at Copps Hill Plaza came in at 5:23 p.m on that date.

She identified the purse only by its black color. Also missing with the purse is a card “from a very special someone” with a message inscribed. Romero said that the purse can be identified with reading that message in order to claim the reward.

As to its whereabouts, Romero believes she may have dropped it in the parking lot, as in-store cameras showed that she had the small purse in her hands when she paid, she said.

“If someone doesn’t return it, maybe they needed the money more than I do,” she said. Yet without that money, Romero would have to ask her family to fly her out, something which she doesn’t wish to ask of them due to harsh economic times.

Anyone with information about Romero’s missing purse can contact her at 203-894-8042 as well as the .

Eileen August 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Aw, this is sad. I hope she gets her bag back VERY soon!
John Symon August 14, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Has there been a fund set up to help Ms Romero complete her travel plans?
Gary August 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Why has no one given extra cash to the poor woman???
Gary August 15, 2012 at 01:44 AM
We should start a fund.
Craig Donofrio (Editor) August 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I'll be following up with Romero at the end of the week to see if her purse has been retrieved...
Christine E. August 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
"A Ridgefield woman living with disabilities pleas for her purse back, which contained cash she saved to fly out to Texas.". Just out of curiosity, what is the relevance of the disability Ms. Romero has to the circumstances in the article?
Grace Romero August 16, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I believe this does have relevance at least to me, because anyone who has experience an incident as mine still enjoy the freedom and privilege to get in our cars and go knowing of our Hidden Disability. Hidden Disabilities can make every day functions difficult for many of us, one example;remembering and coping where the car is parked walking and walking around the parking lot not once, not twice but a couple of times just to find it and then the realization of a lost hope of visiting my ailing mother thinking my lost purse, dropped on the parking lot would be return just like all the rest of the times. Wishful Thinking. Now if this was no relevance to mine story then I don't know what is. But it tells a story, perhaps just to open the conversation to our citizens in Ridgefield that people like myself and others do have different Hidden Disabilities that people don't see. The Commission for the Disabled meets every month except in the summer. Please visit our Town Web site for more information.Grace Romero is a member of the Commission
Christine E. August 17, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Unless you lost your purse because of your disability, there is no relevance.
Sean Goulart August 17, 2012 at 01:14 AM
That seems to be what she is saying!
nunya bus August 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
that is what she is saying, maybe you have a reading disability?


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