When Dawn Bish, 41, of Salamanca, asked police to find a thief, she might have been more specific.
Rather than finding whoever stole Bish's purse from a Walmart in Springville on Friday, the Erie County Sheriff's deputy who responded to her call caught Bish and John Ray, 55 of Salamanca, in their own crime.
While surveying security footage from the Walmart where Bish said her purse was taken, the deputy discovered footage of Bish and Ray taking two articles of clothing from the store.
Both Bish and Ray were charged with two counts of petit larceny each and released on appearance tickets for Village of Springville Court at a later date.
Bish's stolen purse has not been found.
Story topics: Erie County Sheriff's Office