HANOVER TWP. — Police Chief Al Walker said Thursday there has been no connection made between the most recent purse theft targeting people visiting the St. Mary’s Cemetery and a previous theft there in December.
A purse reportedly was taken from a vehicle after a window was smashed on April 7, but Walker said there has been no activity on the victim’s credit cards. The theft occurred when a woman from Wilkes-Barre parked her car and went for a walk in the cemetery, police said.
“We advised the victim to cancel the credit cards,” Walker said. “As far as we know, there has been no attempt to use the cards. By now you would think the cards would have been used.”
The theft might have been a crime of opportunity by someone passing the car and seeing the purse inside, he said.
In another case, court records state Edward Robinson, 50, of Barney Street, Wilkes-Barre, is facing charges of theft and access device fraud in Luzerne County Court in connection with the theft of a purse from a 2012 Mitsubishi while a woman was visiting her mother’s graveon Dec. 23.
Police allege Robinson used the woman’s credit cards at various places the same day until the card was denied at Walgreens Pharmacy in Kingston, according to the criminal complaint.
Robinson is also facing charges of theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud in county court for allegedly stealing a woman’s car from a child care center on South Main Street, Hanover Township, and attempting to use the woman’s credit card at a pharmacy in the township on Feb. 5.
Court records indicate Robinson has stolen purses from cars at St. Mary’s Cemetery and area child care centers:
* Jan. 8, 2004: Robinson was charged with stealing a purse from a car at a child care center on East Main Street, Hanover Township, while a woman was picking up her son. Robinson used credit cards to withdraw money from ATMs.
* Dec. 25, 2003: Robinson stole a purse from a woman’s car while she was visiting the mausoleum at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Robinson was seen driving away in a 1992 Chevrolet Lumina that was stolen from a child care center on South Main Street, Hanover Township, on Dec. 23, 2003.
* Dec. 23, 2003: Robinson stole a purse from a woman while she was putting groceries in her vehicle at Weis Market, Weis Plaza, Nanticoke.
* Dec. 20, 2003: Robinson stole a purse from a vehicle while two women were visiting a grave site.
* Dec. 19, 2003: Robinson stole a purse from a vehicle at a child care center on Third Avenue, Kingston, while a woman took her child into the facility.
Robinson was sentenced in August 2004 to three to six years in state prison, court records state.