Police: Grandville purse snatching suspects stole to get drug money

4:28 PM, Jan 6, 2011   |    comments
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GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grandville Police say two women arrested for a purse snatching were after money to feed their drug habits.

Detectives were investigating the December 5, 2010, theft of a woman's purse in the parking lot of the Walmart supercenter on Kenowa Ave. SW.  In the process of the theft, the victim, a 64-year-old Jenison woman fell, dislocating and breaking both of her elbows.  The injury to one of the victim's elbows required surgery.

Police originally described the suspect in the purse snatching as a man, but further investigation determined the people they were looking for were women.

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Officers say the suspect vehicle was a silver Kia Sportage.  On Wednesday night, they discovered the SUV at a Grandville motel on 28th Street.  After interviewing the motel's owner and two other people, detectives found and arrested the two women allegedly involved in the theft.

Grandville Police Det. Andrew Measell says the investigation determined the women stole the victim's purse in an effort to get money to feed their drug addictions.

Anna Marie Patricelli, 26, identified as the woman who allegedly took the victim's purse, is facing charges of unarmed robbery and being a habitual offender.  Anne Marie Sloan, the alleged getaway driver, is also charged with unarmed robbery, with an additional charge of second-offense driving with a suspended license.  If convicted, each woman faces up to 15 years in prison on the robbery charges, while Sloan is also facing a one-year jail sentence on the suspended license misdemeanor.

Not guilty pleas were entered for the women during their court appearance Thursday.

Patricelli is being held on a $300,000 bond.  Sloan's bond is set at $200,000.

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