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Woman pleads guilty to stealing $800 in cash from grocery shopper

A Buffalo woman with 38 criminal convictions including thefts from three elderly shoppers last year at a Wegmans grocery story in Amherst added another conviction last week when she pleaded guilty to taking $800 from another elderly shopper earlier this year at a Tops Market in South Buffalo.

Lavina Walker, 49, of East Delavan Avenue, pleaded guilty as charged to fourth-degree grand larceny for distracting a 76-year-old man April 4 and taking an envelope containing the money, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

At the time, Walker was free on bail in connection with the Wegmans thefts. She pleaded guilty May 14 to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny for targeting three shoppers at the store on Alberta Drive on July 6, 2013, Sept. 17 and Oct. 18 when Amherst police caught her as she tried to flee the store.

After she pleaded guilty last Wednesday in the Tops case, prosecutors asked State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to revoke her bail, but the judge refused, Sedita said.

Walker faces up to 12 years in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 17 in all four cases, according to Assistant District Attorney Brian Langenfeld.