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Woman Robbed at Sun-Vet Mall

Two arrested for snatching 67-year old's purse in parking lot.

Two subjects have been arrested for stealing a Holbrook woman’s purse Friday afternoon.

A 67-year-old woman, who police did not identify, was walking out  to the parking lot of the Sun-Vet Mall in Holbrook when she was approached by a man who asked her for directions around 1 p.m. on Jan. 21, police said.

As she began to assist him, the man grabbed her purse and got into his car, which was being driven by another woman. The victim tried to get her purse back and was pushed to the ground. Both subjects fled the scene.

According to police, following an investigation by Fifth Squad detectives, John T. Walsh, 40, and Vikki Samsoe, 41, were both arrested on Jan. 22. Walsh, of Ledgewood Circle, East Setauket, and Samsoe, of Wylde Rd., Mt. Sinai, were both charged with robbery second degree.

They were both scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip today.

Mary Winch January 25, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Since it was a woman, if it was a man the description would be "A 67 years old man was robbed....".
Prudence Gallo January 28, 2011 at 02:59 PM
I agree!! Men are never looked at as being old at 67 years old.
Reah February 02, 2011 at 06:18 PM
I guess the point is that these slugs targeted someone they thought was helpless. Ugh. Is there anything more heinous then someone targeting a person perceived as weak? Whatever drugs these fools are on have completely robbed their souls, and somewhere in the struggle to get clean I hope they have a moment to realized the hurt they have caused....I hope the 67 yo woman is okay, in any case...and not too jaded from trusting people from this day forward. So sad.....
Steve January 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM
My mom was robbed in the parking lot just prior to entering Pathmark back in the late 70s. The idiots bragged about it and it was reported back to me. I turned the info over to SCPD 5th squad and the two guys were subsequently arrested. Yeah "Pete" you bragged and got caught ! LOL
Steve January 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
By the way, the story is reported back in 2011 and just posted now? HUH? Thats what is posted just under the article title.

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