Three Face Charges In Theft of Purse From Grocery Cart
Police say three suspects used credit cards stolen from a woman at Pick 'n Save to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of goods at other stores.
Two men and one woman are facing charges after one of them allegedly stole a woman's purse out of an Oak Creek grocery cart, then used her credit cards to purchase goods across the area.
Jessica Lynn Boudnik, 25, Richard Joseph Spiller Jr., 31, and Andrew R. Stephens, 25, are charged with six combined counts of theft and unauthorized use of personal identification. If convicted, Spiller faces up to six years in prison, Boudnik 12 years and Stephens 13 years.
According to the criminal complaint:
The victim was shopping at Pick 'n Save, 6462 S. 27th St., on March 27 when she noticed her purse, which had been in her cart, was missing. The woman told police she recalled at one point getting something in an aisle and noticing a man -- later identified as Stephens -- walking "too close" to her cart.
Later, she discovered two of her credit cards were used to purchase $211 in gift cards and $217 in cigarettes at two gas stations on the south side of Milwaukee. Another card was used to purchase $315 in items from Home Depot, 150 W. Holt Ave.
Police checked surveillance tapes and saw Boudnik and Stephens make the purchases at the gas stations, while Spiller and another woman made the purchase at Home Depot.
Boudnik told police she and Stephens, her boyfriend, were staying at the Skyway Motel in Franklin and a friend's house in Milwaukee when she used the cards, but thought they were a friend's mother's card.
Stephens initially said he thought it was Boudnik's purse before admitting he stole it from the cart.
Spiller and Stephens will make their initial court appearance June 13. Boudnik will make her initial appearance July 9.