Two convicted felons suspected of swiping a wallet from an 85-year-old woman’s purse as she shopped at a Menifee store were behind bars Thursday.
Domonique Porche Richmond, 26, and Deidre Yvonne Smith, 44, both of San Bernardino, were arrested Wednesday following a weeklong Riverside County sheriff’s investigation.
Richmond was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of parole violations, while Smith was booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on suspicion of burglary, theft by force and identity theft.
Smith is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, and Richmond is being held without bail.
According to sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Huskey, on Feb. 20, the victim, whose identity was not released, reported the theft of her wallet on the evening of Feb. 20.
Huskey said the woman was shopping at a Stater Bros. grocery store in the 29000 block of Newport Road, and while browsing items in one of the aisles, the wallet was snatched from her purse, which was in her cart.
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The senior alerted the store manager after she noticed her wallet was gone and asked him to review security surveillance tape to confirm she had been victimized. The manager looked at the recording and saw the theft, prompting him to call 911, according to Huskey.
He said detectives developed leads about the individuals allegedly involved in the theft, eventually identifying Hammond and Smith. The pair were located on Wilson Avenue in Perris, where they were taken into custody without incident.
According to court records, Smith has prior convictions in San Bernardino County for burglary, forgery and receiving stolen property. Records showed Richmond has priors for burglary and grand theft.
–City News Service