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Cops: Stony Brook Woman Stole Pocketbooks from Shoppers

The following arrest information was supplied by the Suffolk County Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Police on Thursday arrested a Stony Brook woman they say stole several pocketbooks from customers' shopping carts at six different supermarkets in Setauket, Stony Brook, Port Jefferson Station, and Centereach.

They arrested 25-year-old Jennifer O'Leary after she allegedly took a pocketbook belonging to a 77-year-old woman at on Route 112.

Further investigation showed she allegedly stole pocketbooks in a similar fashion on seven occasions at six different supermarkets between April 24 and June 14. According to police, she targeted customers, followed them through the store, and then committed the thefts when the customers turned their backs on their carts in the produce aisle.

O'Leary was charged with seven counts of fourth-degree grand larceny; two counts of second-degree forgery; and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.

O'Leary was also arrested May 23 at the Sixth Precinct in Selden and charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. According to police, she pawned a metal ring that she did not own.

Following the arrest, police are advising shoppers to not turn their backs on their pocketbooks when they are placed in shopping carts, and to fasten pocketbooks into shopping carts using the child safety straps found on most shopping carts.

Patricia June 18, 2012 at 06:24 AM
This is the same woman you guys reported a few weeks ago was charged with possession of stolen property. It said on channel 12 that she has outstanding arrests in another state as well. So after she was arrested for stealing from friends, she went out and stole from little old ladies. Not sure 10K bond is enough.
Patricia June 18, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Police advise not to turn your back on your purse..great advice...now how bout keeping her locked up...that would help too!
CJ June 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
You know, I find it odd that when I go shopping people leave their bags in the shopping carts all the time. I did this once, have to admit, luckily nothing happened, but I reminded myself that this incredibly stupid. So my bag is always on my shoulder or, better yet, I go lightweight and use the wrist bag I bought from a fellow Etsy seller. This just seems to be common sense.
Patricia June 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Etsy is Great!! Yes this is true, however, even though this is a crime of opportunity...it is fueled by drug addiction (according to the news)......and this is not the only type of crimes she is guilty of....just upsetting when you live in a nice neighborhood....guess the lesson is always be vigilent.


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