A Stockton woman was arrested Wednesday, accused of stealing a purse from a car as the owner was pumping gas at a Placer County gas station.
Latoya Annette McCurn, 29, pulled into the Penryn 76 station on Boyington Road about 12:30 p.m. and drove up next to a car where an 18-year-old woman was pumping gas on the passenger side of her car. Gas station video shows McCurn getting out of her car, opening the woman’s car door and taking her purse from the passenger seat, according to a Placer County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The victim, who lives in Loomis, yelled at the woman and chased after her, then attempted to reach inside McCurn’s car to retrieve her purse. Sheriff’s officials said McCurn pushed her back and drove off. The victim was not injured.
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer walking out of the gas station witnessed the incident. He got a good description of the suspect’s vehicle and the direction it headed upon leaving the gas station, sheriff’s officials said. The information was relayed to deputies, who immediately spotted the car on Interstate 80.
McCurn was taken into custody without incident, and the victim’s purse and wallet were returned to her. Inside McCurn’s car, deputies also found bank cards and a driver’s license belonging to residents of Utah and Georgia, sheriff’s officials said.
McCurn was booked into Placer County jail in Auburn on suspicion of robbery and possession of stolen property. She remained in jail Thursday with bail set at $50,000.