A Springfield woman is accused of grabbing a purse and pulling it away from a woman’s shoulders in the parking lot of the Kroger on Bechtle Avenue.
Amanda Summers, 38, is charged with robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. She pleaded not guilty Friday and her bond was set at $20,000.
Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to the Kroger at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to a police affidavit. A woman said she was putting groceries in her car when the suspect approached her and tried to take her purse, the affidavit says.
“The purse was on her shoulder so the suspect began struggling with her and pulling her through the lot towards a gold four-door vehicle,” the affidavit said. “The suspect would cause the victim to fall on the ground causing injury.”
The woman eventually took the purse, the affidavit says, and got into a car that drove off. The witness was able to record the car’s license plate number, the affidavit says.
The next day police interviewed the victim again and the victim told them that the suspect first made contact with her inside the store, the affidavit says. Police said the suspect told the victim that someone was looking into the victim’s car.
The victim told police she lost about $150, according to the affidavit.
Police worked with Kroger’s loss prevention officer and the officer provided police with a picture of a female matching the description the victim gave. Police were able to identify her as Amanda Summer.
“I located her at the Townhouse Motor Lodge,” the affidavit says. ” She was taken into custody and advised of her Miranda rights.”
The affidavit alleges Summer admitted to stealing the purse and did so to feed a drug habit.
“She also said she used the cash to buy crack cocaine,” the affidavit says.
Officers said in the affidavit they were able to find some personal items of the victim’s in a nearby garbage dumpster.