Man faces jail for steal­ing purse from Abing­ton shop­per

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. [email protected]­tu­ry­media. com @mont­co­court­news on Twit­ter

NORRISTOWN >> A Philadel­phia man was sent to jail af­ter he ad­mit­ted to steal­ing the purse of a woman shop­ping at an Abing­ton store.

Michael L. McClary, 58, of the 1100 block of West In­di­ana Av­enue, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be fol­lowed by five years’ pro­ba­tion, af­ter he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft by un­law­ful tak­ing in con­nec­tion with the Jan­uary 2018 in­ci­dent at the Burling­ton Coat Fac­tory store on Old York Pike in Abing­ton.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill, who ac­cepted a plea agree­ment in the case, said McClary can be paroled early but only if it’s to a foren­sic in­ten­sive re­cov­ery pro­gram.

The sen­tence means McClary will be un­der court su­per­vi­sion for seven years.

Court doc­u­ments in­di­cate Abing­ton po­lice re­sponded to the store on Jan. 10 to in­ves­ti­gate a re­port of a stolen purse.

“The vic­tim stated she was shop­ping in the store and left her purse briefly unat­tended in a shop­ping cart. The vic­tim re­turned to find that her purse was missing from the cart. The vic­tim’s purse was later found in the women’s bath­room of the store,” Abing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Robert Hill Jr. al­leged in the crim­i­nal com­plaint. “Most of the con­tents of the purse had been re­moved in­clud­ing jew­elry, cash, credit cards and an Ap­ple iPhone.”

The vic­tim later dis­cov­ered that one of her credit cards was used to make a suc­cess­ful pur­chase with a cel­lu­lar tele­phone com­pany and that there were four ad­di­tional un­suc­cess­ful at­tempts to use the card at busi­nesses in Philadel­phia, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­viewed store video sur­veil­lance footage that recorded the theft and se­cu­rity video from a gas sta­tion in Philadel­phia where the vic­tim’s stolen credit card was used. Po­lice sub­se­quently de­vel­oped McClary as a sus­pect as the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the theft of the purse.

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