Nov. 26--LEWISBURG -- Milton State Police filed charges Wednesday against a female duo of purse snatchers believed to have mugged an 80-year-old woman at the Weis Markets in Lewisburg on Sunday afternoon. They are the same 29-year-old women who are wanted in Columbia County for a similar heist.
Trooper Edward Shannon charged Chrystal Star Converse and Francesca Rene Gregorio, both of 1918 Old Reading Road, Paxinos, in the Lewisburg office of District Judge Leo Armbruster. Converse is facing one felony count of robbery and three misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit theft. Gregorio is facing only one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit theft. The women have not yet been arrested in Union or Columbia counties for their alleged crimes.
Police reported that the victim Martha Oberlin, 80, of Lewisburg, was shopping at the Weis Markets in Lewisburg on Sunday with her white purse in her grocery cart at approximately 2:30 p.m.
After she purchased a prescription at the store pharmacy, Oberlin went to the restroom and placed her purse next to her leg while in the stall. She told police she watched a hand reach from underneath the dividing wall and grab her purse. She attempted to re-dress herself and follow the individual, but the person was too fast.
The purse and contents are valued at approximately $260, she told police.
Shannon reviewed surveillance video and watched Converse and Gregorio enter the store at approximately 2:34 p.m. and leave the store at approximately 2:48 p.m. with the victim's white purse. They entered a vehicle and fled the scene.
The identities of the women were confirmed by another state trooper with prior knowledge of them. The station also received countless calls from the public when they released photographs of the suspects.
Gregorio and Converse have already been charged by Hemlock Township police with three misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
They are accused of taking a purse from an elderly women in the Buckhorn Walmart in Columbia County while the woman reached for an item on the top shelf in the grocery section on Nov. 15. The victim had approximately $360 in the purse and identification information. The women have had multiple criminal charges in Northumberland, Montour, Clinton, Potter, Lycoming, Bradford, Tioga and Columbia counties. Gregorio has been accused of burglary, terroristic threats, simple assault and a felony count of assault by a prisoner. Converse has been accused of multiple theft and burglary charges, drug-related charges and an inactive felony count of escape.
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