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Woman sentenced in purse snatchings

February 23, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A woman charged with a series of purse snatchings last spring at Wal-Mart and a Martin's grocery store was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court Tuesday to serve three years in prison after she pleaded guilty to felony theft scheme.

Tracy Jeannie Green, 25, whose last known address before her arrest was 42 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge in connection with the spring 2004 thefts of purses from patrons of Wal-Mart on Garland Groh Boulevard and Martin's on Wesel Boulevard.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III, after being told that Green's husband, Patrick Wayne Green, 31, was sentenced to three years in prison for the same crime, ordered that Tracy Green serve the same amount of time. Boone sentenced Green to 10 years in prison, suspending seven years of the sentence.

The two, now estranged, stole the purses between April 6 and May 22, 2004, and used credit cards from those purses at such stores as Kmart and Target, said Washington County Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell. He said Green and Patrick Green were spotted on a Kmart surveillance camera pushing a shopping cart through a checkout aisle. They had bought about $295 worth of items using a victim's credit card, he said.

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Green's attorney, Michael Wilson, told Boone that his client admitted to the purse snatchings when confronted by police. He said she was married to Patrick Green for seven years and the two had two children, who are now in placement through the Department of Social Services.

"She needs to get her kids back and the only way she'll get that is with the tools of sobriety," he said.

Green told Boone, "I don't think I'm personally a bad person." She said she was addicted to painkillers and asked for help.

"This was a real spree," Boone told Green. "You both worked this even-steven."

Boone said that about $8,000 in restitution was owed to the 15 victims of the spree and ordered her to pay $2,170 of that upon her release.

He said she had a "blatant disregard for people in this community" to feed her addiction to painkillers.

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