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Admitted purse thief sentenced to jail, restitution

A woman who admitted stealing purses from shoppers’ carts in a Buffalo supermarket was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay restitution to the victims immediately upon her release.

Charlene McBride, 50, of Buffalo, had pleaded guilty as charged in February to four felony counts of grand larceny and a misdemeanor count of petit larceny. She had admitted stealing the unattended purses of shoppers at Wegmans on Amherst Street on five separate occasions.

Appearing before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller this morning for sentencing, McBride repeated the claims she had made to police about stealing because she was involved in a domestic violence situation at the time. McBride also said that she dumped other contents from the purses into a mailbox so that the victims would get them back.

Had McBride made full restitution to her victims, she faced a sentence of only probation. But because she hasn’t, Boller sentenced her to six months in jail – denying her attorney’s request that the time be served on weekends, and five years probation.

McBride, who owes more than $1,000 in restitution and more than $1,000 in court fees, was told to first pay back the victims when she gets out of jail.

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