Two Sunnyside women have been arrested in connection with this past Tuesday night's incident of a 71-year-old woman being knocked to the ground outside a local church, then robbed of her purse.
Sunnyside detectives report that two women, ages 43 and 18, attempted to use one of the stolen credit cards at a local store this past Wednesday morning. A suspicious store clerk resulted in the pair fleeing, but with follow-up work by local detectives the two were later apprehended. Detectives said the two women confessed to their part in the crime.
The older of the two is being charged with possession of stolen property (second degree) and forgery. The 18-year-old woman faces only a charge of forgery.
Police say the male suspect who knocked the 71-year-old woman, Ruth Ganser, to the ground and stole her purse as she was leaving her church on South 16th Street Tuesday evening has not yet been identified. He is described as an adult male, in his late teens to early 20s, with a dark coat and dark pants. Detectives, they say, have several leads and are following up on all of them.
The two women who have been arrested were booked into the city jail and as of late last night were awaiting transfer to the county jail for the formal filing of charges.
Local detectives say with the help of several concerned citizens and with the aid of the alert store clerk the two arrests were made possible.