From the Aberdeen Police Department:
Aberdeen Police arrested two females for pick pocketing following an incident that occurred at the Panera Bread located at 1022 Beards Hill Road.
The incident occurred on December 14, 2018 at 12:28 pm, when officers were alerted to a theft that had just occurred. The suspects were described as black females with longhair and wearing baseball caps. The females allegedly stole a clutch containing cash and other personal belongings from inside the purse of a customer dining inside the restaurant.
Officers responded and began an area canvass to locate the suspects. Officers observed a female fitting one of the suspect’s description exiting a nearby Target, which is in walking distance from the theft. Officers observed the suspect walk through the Target parking lot to a nearby Royal Farms store. Once there the suspect entered a parked vehicle displaying New York registration plates. Officers converged upon and stopped the vehicle from leaving the parking lot to investigate.
Based on the nature of the crime the Criminal Investigation Unit was brought in to assist the investigation. Detectives were able to identify and charge Latisha Rice, 32, and Whitney Ryder, 32, both of Philadelphia, PA with Theft Under $100 and Theft between $100-$1500. The clutch stolen from inside the victim’s purse was later found discarded in a nearby trash can.
Prior to this investigation detectives were aware of cases involving pick pocketing at Panera Bread locations both locally and countywide. In September, Detectives had received an intelligence bulletin from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office seeking assistance in identifying two suspects involved in a theft from a purse at Panera Bread. Careful review of that bulletin confirmed that Latisha Rice was one of those persons in need of identification. As a result of Rice’s arrest in Aberdeen she has now been charged by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office with theft. Those charges stem from two nearly identical incidents that occurred at Panera Bread locations in Abingdon and Bel Air in August and November of 2018.