The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

January 10, 2014

75-year-old woman robbed in Walmart parking lot

Victim airlifted to hospital

By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor

Friday, January 10, 2014 — Albemarle police are close to arresting suspects that snatched a purse from a 75-year-old woman’s shoulder that sent her to the hospital with heart problems.

Jeanette Harward of Albemarle was exiting Walmart at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday when a black male wearing a hoodie grabbed her purse off her shoulder, throwing her to the ground, according to Capt. David Dulin.

“He approached her and asked the victim, ‘Would you like me to take that buggy back for you?’ ” Dulin said.

“The suspect then turned around and grabbed her purse. There was a struggle and she was knocked to the ground.”

The suspect took off running with the purse toward a waiting car where another suspect was driving, Dulin said.

A friend of the victim who was shopping with her gave chase of the suspect across the parking lot and managed to get the license plate number of the car, Dulin said.

The suspects fled the scene, traveling east on N.C. 24-27, Dulin said.

“We located the vehicle in High Point and have been questioning possible suspects,” Dulin said.

“We’re hoping to make an arrest soon.”

The license plate was traced to a 2002 Chevrolet Impala and matched the description of the car used in the crime, Dulin said. That car is registered to a female who police believe was the driver at the time of the robbery, Dulin said.

After the incident, Harward developed chest pains and was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

“She’s had some medical issues in the past,” Dulin said.

Dulin said Harward has an implanted defibrillator to keep her heart in rhythm. Her last known condition was stable.

If Harward was to die the suspects would face more serious charges.

“If she passes away, this case will become a homicide,” Dulin said.

Call Ritchie Starnes at (704) 982-2121 ext. 28 or email