Robbery suspect turns herself over to police

April 19, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Churchton woman wanted as a suspect in the February robbery of an elderly, disabled Shady Side woman has turned herself in, county police reported yesterday.

Veronica Lorraine Pratt, 44, of the 5000 block of Churchton Road, was charged with robbery and theft and was being held yesterday evening at the county detention center on Jennifer Road on $35,000 bond.

The victim told police that she had just returned to her home in the 6200 block of Shady Side Road after withdrawing $500 from a Bank of America ATM when the robbery occurred Feb. 27.

She was sitting in her van in her driveway about 5 p.m. when a woman in a brown station wagon drove in behind her, walked up, forced opened the passenger door and snatched the elderly woman's purse containing the money, according to a police report.

Police said the elderly woman moved too slowly to prevent the theft. Investigators learned that a woman known as "Sissy Girl" may have been involved in the robbery, and linked the nickname to Pratt, according to police. The warrant was issued March 16, and Pratt turned herself in Tuesday at the Southern District police station.

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