Purses stolen on Church Street

Burlington Police say in two separate incidents, women had their purses stolen in broad daylight while having a meal on Church Street.
Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:54 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 7:16 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Burlington police say in two separate incidents, women had their purses stolen in broad daylight while having a meal on Church Street.

The first theft happened around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say a person reached through an open window at Leunig’s Bistro and grabbed a woman’s purse. The value was more than $2,000 according to police.

Video evidence, and interviews led to the arrest of Jason Lord, 22, a day later. He was charged with larceny from a person.

Police say the second incident happened Monday around 10:30 a.m. While a woman was sitting at Kru Coffee, police say a man grabbed her purse from under her table and took off. Investigators say the value of the purse and its contents was more than $200.

Bystanders chased the suspect, until he jumped into the CityPlace construction site. The man was detained shortly after by police. Zachary Stanley, 30, was arrested and charged with larceny from a person.

Police are still investigating, but do not believe the two incidents are connected.

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