A theft charge filed by Waxahachie police against a Red Oak woman has been enhanced to a state jail felony due to the alleged victim’s age.
Detective Lt. Todd Woodruff said a theft charge can be enhanced one grade if it can be shown at trial that the victim was 65 years of age or older.
The incident occurred Sept. 30 at a retail store in the 1400 block of N. U.S. Highway 77, with police dispatched in reference to a theft.
According to responding officer Dale Sigler’s report, the complainant said an unknown person took her purse from the customer service center area without her permission.
“Store staff was able to review surveillance video that showed a person picking the purse up and concealing it after the victim had set it down,” Woodruff said. “Officer Sigler reports that this person paid for merchandise at the register and left the store.”
Detective Ron Clayton, acting on information provided by the store’s asset protection staff, was subsequently able to identify the person who left the store with the purse, Woodruff said.
“A warrant was recently obtained,” he said, saying that Sonya Wesolek, 51, voluntarily turned herself in Jan. 28.
Wesolek was charged with theft over $500. She was booked into Wayne McCollum Detention Center and released the same day on a $2,000 bond.
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