Brick Woman Charged in Toms River Supermarket Purse Snatching

Brick woman arrested after surveillance video, photos released

Photo: TRPD
Photo: TRPD
Days after surveillance photos were released to the media showing a young woman stealing an older woman's purse from her supermarket shopping cart, a 28-year-old Brick woman was charged in the crime.

Crystal M. Leo was arrested Feb. 22 by Toms River police after surveillance photos and videos were released by Toms River police showing the purse snatching, which occurred last September in the township Shop Rite supermarket on Route 37 West. In the video, a woman with a shirt that says "Attitude Served Daily" takes a purse from a 65-year-old woman's shopping cart.

"We received numerous tips from the public and thank them for their efforts in identifying Ms. Leo," said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

The video and still photographs were widely disseminated and viewed through several online news media and social network outlets, receiving 170,000 views on the police department's Facebook page alone, said Stocco.

In the wake of the arrest, police are continuing their investigation to determine if there are any links with other recent thefts of this nature that have occurred in local supermarkets.

At the time the video was released, Stocco said the investigation has led officers to believe that the woman continues to prey on elderly females, and may be involved in more recent thefts that have not been caught on camera.
Art Penrose February 25, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I hate to disappoint, but there is no record of her in the Ocean County Jail inmate search. One would have to assume she was arrested and immediately released. She might be in another store right now, shopping for another purse.
BoroTaxPayer February 25, 2014 at 04:47 PM
AV-your sick, probably go for 2 in the stink:)
Av February 25, 2014 at 08:42 PM
Oh yeah absolutly lube
patrick allgor February 27, 2014 at 06:24 AM
Most def " dry "...
Av February 27, 2014 at 07:45 PM


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