Police: Purse snatchers targeted elderly shoppers in St. Pete

Pinellas County

Police said two people accused of preying on elderly shoppers are finally off the streets of St. Petersburg.

Shagontha Legrand, 31, and Raven Mitchell, 21, are in custody after police said they tried to steal a purse in St. Petersburg Thursday night.

The St. Petersburg Police Department began investigating the duo on April 8 after a 95-year-old woman was robbed in front of her St. Pete home. 

According to police, Legrand and Mitchell followed the woman home from the grocery store. When she arrived home and parked in front of her house, the couple entered her car and stole her purse.  Police said the victim was inside of the vehicle when the theft occurred, but she was not harmed.

“She did absolutely nothing wrong,” said the victim’s granddaughter Laura Rounds. “She went to the store. She had her purse in the car by her. It wasn’t like she was off and left it unattended or was careless. She was targeted and victimized.”

“If this has happened to anybody else, I hope that they would come forward and strengthen the case,” Rounds said.

“No, you’re not entitled. That was our whole point. You’re not entitled to an old woman’s purse,” said Aleja Redden, a neighbor of the victim.

Then on April 10, the couple was seen rummaging through a 90-year-old woman’s vehicle and trunk after she returned home from the grocery store, but they did not steal anything, police said. A witness wrote down the tag number on their getaway car and gave it to police who were able to identify Legrand and Mitchell as suspects.

On Thursday, officers spotted the couple enter an unlocked SUV in the parking lot of a Walgreens located at 900 49th Street and steal a purse. The couple was apprehended and the stolen property was returned to its owner.  

Mitchell and Legrand were arrested on charges of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (felony), burglary of an occupied conveyance (felony), possession of marijuana (misdemeanor). Police said they also face charges connected to cases in Pinellas Park, but would not provide more details.

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