INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Wife whose purse was ripped off a window sill this weekend in an Oakland County, Kroger said she would not press charges after the culprit apologized and returned her money.
The woman in charge was, however, banned from this particular store.
Surveillance cameras to a Oakland County Kroger captured the moment an 80-year-old buyer’s purse was stolen around 3:45 p.m. Sunday (October 24) at the Kroger store on Sashabaw Road in Independence Township.
Money caught in purse
MPs said the 80-year-old Chicago woman was staying with her daughter in Springfield Township. She finished shopping and was waiting for her daughter to meet her at the front of the store.
As she waited in the hallway with her groceries, the woman placed her purse on the window sill, police said. She forgot to grab the purse when she took the groceries in the car, officials said.
The woman realized a few minutes later that she had forgotten her purse, so her daughter went inside to retrieve it, authorities said. That’s when she realized it was gone.
Surveillance video shows a 63-year-old woman from Independence Township walking into the store, spotting the purse and looking around to see if anyone was watching. She walked over, put the purse around her shoulder and continued inside, as seen in the video.
The 80-year-old girl told the store manager about the theft, and the manager recalled seeing the 63-year-old woman entering the bathroom with a handbag matching the description, police said.
Surveillance video from another hallway shows the same woman picking up the purse from inside the women’s restroom. A few minutes later, she came out of the bathroom without a handbag, video footage shows.
The purse was found in the corner of that bathroom and $ 100 was missing, authorities said.
Oakland County MPs on Wednesday announced the 80-year-old would not file a complaint. She said the 63-year-old issued a written apology and returned the stolen $ 100.
Authorities said the 63-year-old called MPs shortly after the surveillance video was released. Several other councils have been called in, officials said.
“The victim is grateful to the sheriff’s office for resolving this matter,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. “She didn’t want to press charges and just wanted to move on after the culprit apologized and returned the stolen money. While I am saddened that this person is not fully responsible for their intentional act, I appreciate the public’s attention, and I am sure that is the reason the author decided to surrender.
The 63-year-old met a detective on Wednesday and admitted to taking the purse, but initially claimed she left it at customer service, authorities said. She later admitted to taking the money, police said.
She told police she was previously convicted of retail fraud in 2019 in Troy and was also arrested for retail fraud 25 years ago.
Officials at Sashabaw Road Kroger said the 63-year-old was permanently banned from shopping there.
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