Hearing Scheduled for Coolspring Man Accused of Stealing Elderly Woman’s Purse in Walmart

YOUNG TWP., Pa. (ETY) – A Coolspring man is facing a preliminary hearing on theft and related charges stemming from a theft at Walmart in Young Township, Jefferson County.

According to court documents, Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against Robert Wayne Rowell, 63, of Coolspring.

A criminal complaint states that Rowell allegedly witnessed an 87-year-old woman drop her purse in front the pharmacy counter. After the elderly woman walked out of sight, he put the purse in his shopping cart and proceeded to pick up a prescription at the pharmacy without notifying Walmart employees of the lost purse. Then, around 11:31 a.m., he took the purse into the men’s room, removed the cash, discarded the purse, and continued to shop at the store.

The purse was turned into the customer service desk around 11:45 a.m. and later returned to its owner.

Rowell was identified and interviewed at his residence on March 20, where he admitted to taking the purse and the cash inside of it, according to the complaint.

The following charges were filed against Rowell on March 20:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Theft Property Lost Etc. By Mistake, Misdemeanor 2
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 3, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. with Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock presiding.

A certified summons was sent to Rowell on March 21.

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