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Facebook Leads Cumming Police To Alleged Purse Thief

A former coworker and Facebook friend recognized the woman accused of taking a purse left outside Walmart in a shopping cart.

A woman whose image was captured on video surveillance allegedly stealing a purse was recognized by a former coworker and Facebook friend.

A local woman called police Oct. 29 to report her purse had been stolen either inside or outside Walmart at 1500 Market Place Boulevard in Cumming. A loss prevention associate reviewed surveillance video of the incident, according to the Cumming Police Department incident report.

It showed the victim loading her purchases in her vehicle, pushing the shopping cart to a space in front of her parked car and leaving her purse in the cart outside Walmart.

The video also showed another vehicle pulling into the space the victim had left and its occupant getting the purse and placing it in her SUV. The Walmart loss prevention associate recognized the woman as a former coworker and Facebook friend, and alerted police to her identity.

An officer called Nov. 1 the alleged purse thief, who admitted to taking the purse.

"(She) said she had made a mistake, felt remorse for what she did, and wanted to give the purse back to the owner," the report says. "(She) stated she felt guilty about taking the purse and its contents, did not use the credit cards nor spend the cash, and just wanted to give the items back to the owner."

The owner declined to press charges since her purse and its contents were returned intact.

Among the purse's contents were $35 in cash, a debit and credit card, and cell phone, according to the report.


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Bridgett Milam-Crooks November 11, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Did she steal a purse or find an abandoned purse? Thought tracking down the person it belongs to is a moral act. So she should've left the abandoned purse in the cart then right? "The owner decided not to press charges." Ya think, lady?? YOU'RE the one who left your purse, free for all. Just found the whole thing backwards....
J D Fowler November 11, 2013 at 08:40 AM
Excuse me? If the purse does not belong to you then, it is not free for all. The decent thing to do is go back into the store and return it to the customer service or wait there to have them call the lady at home. This is the problem with a lot of people today "free for all" mentality. What goes around, comes around and it will always hurt you many times more than the first person on that loop.
Bridgett Milam-Crooks November 11, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Oh relax. I knew somebody out there would misconstrue my point and come back with moral attack. Chill out. The point is this....and your own words "the decent thing to do" helped confirmed it...the lady DIDN'T BREAK ANY LAWS! She FOUND a purse, she didn't seek it out, plot it's theft, etc. She FOUND IT, and why? Because of the owner's negligence. The owner didn't have it taken from her (definition of theft), she negligently (although by accident....most negligence is) LEFT the purse. Through her own doing, she left her property in a position to be a free for all casualty of finder keepers. And in that, there's NO LAWS BROKEN. It's an issue of morality, not law. Get it?? I do not condone keeping something that doesn't belong to you, ever. I didnt say that. Would I have taken it into the store and turned it in? Yes! Or, better yet, I'd have tried to track down the owner through social network or simply deliver said purse to the address on her identification, as I'm not sure I'd want my own purse going through the many hands behind a service counter. So, still, in my opinion, the accussed was guilty of breaking a moral standard, not a written law punishable by charge.
brjacket2 November 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM
The lady who took the purse is very much guilty. She should have turned it in to either the police or Walmart. She did break laws so I don't know what you are talking about. The same thing happened to my mother at Big Lots in Cumming. She left her purse in the buggy outside in front of the store (she is 77 years old) and someone took the purse it is on video and came back three days later and left it where my mother left it. She took all the cash that was in her wallet. Thank goodness my mother didn't have any credit cards in her wallet. Regardless if someone leaves their purse by accident no one has the right to take it in their car unless they go straight to the police or loss prevention in Walmart POINT BLANK.
reelmind November 13, 2013 at 09:52 AM
My concern here is she says a "former co-worker" does that mean the "thief" worked at Walmart in the past.
Dude November 14, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Bridgett Milam-Crooks, Georgia has an applicable law on the books for this: 16-8-6. Theft of lost or mislaid property A person commits the offense of theft of lost or mislaid property when he comes into control of property that he knows or learns to have been lost or mislaid and appropriates the property to his own use without first taking reasonable measures to restore the property to the owner. If the owner had not decided to drop the charges, then the state would have to prove that the suspect failed to reasonably attempt to return the property to its rightful owner.
Bridgett Milam-Crooks November 14, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Dude, I love it! So, it IS a matter of law over morals, thanks to 16-8-6. Good to know. Thank you.

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