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Woman’s wallet stolen at dance class in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – Police quickly found and arrested a woman accused of taking the wallet of a woman sitting next to her as they both waited for their daughters at dance class at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the 2600 block of Pine Avenue.

Shardah L. Nicholas, 24, of Ninth Street was charged with fourth degree grand larceny and is accused of taking the victim’s credit card and using it twice at a store two blocks from the dance studio.

The victim said she stepped outside to have a cigarette and returned to find her wallet gone and the suspect had left the building.

Nicholas was charged when she returned to the dance studio. She at first denied taking the purse and credit card, but later admitted she had taken the card and led police to the items that had been purchased with the stolen card, including two pairs of sneakers and a clothing item.