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Purse snatchers face ID theft charge and more

Four people have been arrested and charged with several different crimes in a series of purse snatchings that have occurred in one city. Along being charged with the act of grabbing the pocketbooks of several women, these people also face theft, unauthorized use of an access card, theft from an aged person, and an ID theft charge. The four suspects are accused of committing these crimes in Louisiana shopping centers and stores.

After stealing the victims' purses, the suspects purportedly used the credit cards out of the purses to purchase gas, food and gift cards. It was reported that, at times, the accused would snatch the entire purse, but at other times, they slipped the wallet out of the purse while the victim was otherwise occupied. All of the victims were women aged 56 to 87.

One of the accused, a man, faces two counts of purse snatching, three counts of identity theft, one count of theft of assets from an aged person, one count of principle to attempted ID theft, and one count of principle to an unauthorized use of an access card. The others accused, one man and two women, are charged with similar crimes. They ranged in age from 42 to 57.

While an ID theft charge is usually viewed as a white collar crime in Louisiana, purse snatching is not. Those who have been charged with any type of criminal misconduct could benefit from consulting with a criminal law attorney. This type of lawyer can explain the charges to the accused and help him or her to understand all of the options that are available. 

Source:, "Kenner Police arrest 4 in several thefts from female shoppers", June 12, 2017

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