Wegmans Purse Snatcher Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny Charges

Modified: March 1, 2013 3:16pm


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced today that 50 year old Charlene McBride pleaded guilty, as charged, to four counts of Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree and a single count of Petit Larceny, before Supreme Court Justice William Boller. These are the highest counts for which the defendant could have been convicted had she gone to trial.

McBride admitted that she stole purses (four of which contained credit cards) on five separate occasions from unsuspecting shoppers at Wegman’s Supermarket on Amherst St. in the City of Buffalo; specifically, McBride would wait for a customer to leave her shopping cart unattended and make off with that customer’s purse. When arrested and questioned by the police, McBride claimed that she repeatedly stole from others because of an abusive boyfriend.

The defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of 5⅓ to 16 years when she is sentenced on May 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM before Justice Boller.