From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
On Saturday, just after 3 p.m., deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Harvest Fare grocery store on Bel Air Road in Fallston in reference to a robbery. Prior to arrival, deputies were advised that an elderly woman had her purse stolen while in the parking lot. The victim then entered the store and as she was reporting the incident to the store manager, she lost consciousness and fell to the floor.
Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim, a 51-year-old Forest Hill resident who was being treated by paramedics from Fallston Volunteer Fire Company. The paramedics transported the woman to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where deputies continued her interview. The woman injured her hip after losing consciousness and falling in the store. She was not injured during the robbery.
The woman told police that she had been walking around the Fallston Mall and was near the nail salon when she observed two young white males approaching her. She describe the first male as being approximately 18-19 years old, 5 ft, 9 in tall, with a skinny build and bad facial acne. He was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt (with the hood up) and baggie blue jeans. The second suspect was described as being approximately 18-19 years old, 5 t, 9 in tall, with a skinny build. He was wearing a tan hooded sweatshirt (with the hood up), baggie blue jeans and was carrying a skateboard. She was unable to provide police with any further description of the suspects.
The woman advised that the male wearing the grey sweatshirt asked if he could have a cigarette. She took her purse off of her shoulder and opened it to retrieve a cigarette. At that time, the male wearing the grey sweatshirt grabbed her purse and ran toward the rear of the Fallston Mall. The male wearing the tan sweatshirt followed behind him. The woman then walked to Harvest Fare store and made contact with the store manager, who subsequently contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.
In the stolen purse were the woman’s wallet, driver’s license, cash, and credit cards – a crime of theft greater than $1,000, but less than $10,000.
Since when is someone 51 years old considered “elderly”???
My sentiments exactly! If 51 is elderly, then I must be ancient at 53 yet I work a full-time job and retirement is a couple of decades in the future.
This article appears to have been written by a teenager. I still remember when I thought anyone past the age of 29 was old, though I suppose the author may be surprised that someone of my advanced years still has a semi-intact memory.
The Weekly Reader is well written anyway.
SHe was going to give a person who may or may not have been old enough to smoke a cigarette?
CDEV: Very thoughtful
R U Kidding Me says
Seriously? Who reads that article and then comments about whether or not the “18-19 year old” was old enough to smoke?! As if the victim was somehow in the wrong?! I can guarantee this is a comment posted by a liberal. I’m sure she’s partly to blame…that’s just sad.
Remember, you live in Maryland. The victim is always in the wrong. Shame on this “elderly” woman for corrupting these wonderful young men by offering them a smoke. Shame on her, these young men are good boys, they never do anything wrong.
While, CDEV is right, this women’s situational awareness sucked…she doesn’t have to be the victim of a crime of opportunity. Plain and simple, she should have said “sorry, this cig was my last one” and told the punks to move along. Now, it could have escalated no doubt, and absolutely the Sheriffs Office should investigate the crime.
You have to be aware, ALL the time. Period. Unfortunately, we can not assume that good resides within people any more.
And yes, this is yet another case for concealed carry (since it would give these punks pause before committing their crimes)!
Thanks for explaining my point. I am sorry she was a victim but as you said she was not aware of her surroundings.