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2 women kill Waterbury woman in fight, steal her credit cards: Police

Shelley Stamp's family found her unresponsive after checking up on her when they hadn't heard from her recently, police said.
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WATERBURY, Conn. — Two women are accused of killing a Waterbury woman during a fight last month and taking her credit cards to buy stuff, according to police.

Police were called to an apartment on Newbury Street on the evening of Oct. 29, for a medical assist complaint. Responding officers found an unresponsive woman on the floor of her apartment. The woman, identified as Shelley Stamp, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Stamp's family found her unresponsive after checking up on her when they hadn't heard from her recently, police said.

Investigators determined that Stamp and two other women had an altercation earlier Saturday. Shannon Gritzbach, 37, and Heather Anderson, 35, were involved in the fight with Stamp, which became physical, according to police.

According to the arrest warrant, Anderson was trying to contact a friend she used to live with. He lives at the apartment complex and had recently moved units. That friend told police he was avoiding calls from Anderson since she frequently asks him for money.

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Anderson and Gritzbach ended up going to Stamp's apartment. Anderson told police Stamp was hesitant on letting her and Grtizbach inside. Gritzbach shoved Stamp, causing her to fall into a microwave stand and onto the floor face down, Anderson told police. The two women then took Stamp's shoes, money, keys, and spaghetti in a container from Stamp's refrigerator.

The two women thought Stamp was unconscious and not dying, according to the arrest warrant. They'd thought about calling 911 but did not, the arrest warrant said.

At one point, surveillance video from a neighbor's exterior camera showed two women arguing outside. One of the women placed down a bag that a neighbor later found and gave to police during the investigation, which contained Stamp's shoes and keys.

The women had left the complex and came back later in the night to refuel Gritzbach's car, which was out of gas.

The two women ended up using Stamp's credit cards at gas stations and a fast food restaurant.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy, where they found a laceration near Stamp's forehead and smaller cuts on her face. A cause of death was not provided, pending further study, the arrest warrant said.

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Anderson was arrested on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Gritzbach was arrested Tuesday; both face several charges including murder, robbery, assault, and larceny.

Anderson was held in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction on a $1 million bond and Gritzbach was held at Waterbury police on a $1 million bond, both pending court arraignment Tuesday.


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