Pittsfield couple charged with snatching woman’s purse at Walmart

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 15, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Surveillance images on Facebook and an anonymous tip led to a boyfriend and girlfriend being charged with felony theft for snatching a woman’s purse at Walmart last week, police said Thursday.

Heather Folsom, 23, and Brandon Brasher, 24, both of Pittsfield are facing up to five years in prison if convicted, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

The victim was shopping in the store’s dairy department on Nov. 6, and shortly after she set her purse down, it was gone, Rumsey said.

Shortly after the purse was snatched, a woman left the dairy area of the store and met up with a male suspect, Rumsey said. The female then left the store while the man made purchases with an EBT card.

Rumsey said the victim did not have an EBT card in her purse.

The suspects were captured on store surveillance, and fled the scene in a green Pontiac sedan, Rumsey said.

Waterville police posted the photos on the department’s Facebook page in hopes of identifying the culprits, and an anonymous tip to Officer Dennis Picard, who was the head investigator, led police to Folsom and Brasher.

The caller contacted Waterville police Wednesday night after seeing the images on the social networking site, Rumsey said.

Picard attempted to contact Folsom on Wednesday night but was unsuccessful, according to Rumsey, but she called the officer Thursday morning, and she and Brasher went to the Waterville police station for an interview.

Picard was able to successfully identify the pair as the suspects in the surveillance images, and at the conclusion of the interview, Folsom and Brasher were charged with theft but not arrested.

Rumsey said the charge was elevated to a felony because the value of the contents in the purse exceeded $1,000. He said the purse has not been recovered.

Folsom and Brasher are scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court on Jan. 29.

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