On Thursday a woman was taken into custody and charged for an incident that occurred on February 8 in Irvine, when a woman walking toward a store had her purse snatched.
Approximately one week ago in the evening a woman parked her car in the lot of Bath and Body Works and walked through the parking lot toward the entrance of the store. Before she was able to make it to the door someone advanced upon her from behind and tried to grab the purse off of her shoulder.
The victim fought to keep her belongings and wrestled with the perpetrator until she fell to the ground. She reported that the woman stealing her purse then began kicking her in the forehead and upper body before taking the bag and driving away in a black sedan.
A trail of credit card transactions using the victim’s cards was traced through two Rite Aid stores, one in Costa Mesa and one in Fountain Valley, according to a statement made by Irvine Police Department’s public information officer, Kim Mohr.
The Rite Aid locations had surveillance cameras in place, and the person who made the purchases with the stolen credit cards was depicted on film. Police released the images to the public in an attempt to assist them in locating the woman.
Members of the community contacted investigators with reports of having recognized the woman as 34-year-old Jennifer Nicole Burner of Santa Ana.
On February 15 Irvine police arrested Burner in Santa Ana and booked her as the alleged offender due to her resemblance to the woman in the video.
Burner is being charged with robbery, and she is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
If you or someone you love is suspected of robbery, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.