Police Arrest 'Purse Snatcher' Suspect

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police have arrested a woman they suspect is responsible for a rash of purse thefts from shopping carts over the past two weeks.

All the 'purse snatching' incidents were at local grocery stores and the victims ranged in age from 56 to 80.

At the time of the thefts, the victims left their purses in shopping carts while shopping.

Rockford Police Detectives arrested Aelsia E. Waybright,48, of Rockford after a follow up investigation on information received from Crime Stoppers.

On September 21st, 2011 shortly after 10:00 AM, Rockford Police Patrol Officers took Waybright into custody on unrelated charges.

Waybright was subsequently lodged in the Winnebago County Jail where she is being held in lieu of bond. A photograph of Waybright is not being released at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Waybright is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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  • by Ron Location: M.Park on Sep 22, 2011 at 11:45 AM
    I see women leave their purses in their carts all the time, even when half way down an aisle, can never figure out why anyone would do that, not to mention of seeing people leaving their cars running at gas stations all the time, easy to steal a car that way. Glad they caught the person, but shows that safety tips are ignored by the majority of people.
  • by Larry Location: Rockford on Sep 22, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Our elders can shop safely now.
  • by Mr. Black Location: Rockford on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:43 AM
    I guess its safe for my grandmother to go shopping again.
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