Teen, woman accused in purse snatchings

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 12/20/2013 5:15 pm Published: 12/20/2013 4:26 pm

Tulsa police arrested a 16-year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman suspected in a purse-snatching spree in midtown Tulsa.

Lynn Smith, 38, faces charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The name of the teen has not been released because she is a minor.

It happened in Brookside at 35th and Peoria. Tulsa police say they caught these women because of a mistake they made and because of a good.Samaritan.

Betty Stevenson walked out of the Lululemon store and the 16-year-old attacked her in alley.

Maria Stevenson said her mother is small, but she's feisty.

"She told the girl, she goes 'are you kidding me?' the girl said 'give me your wallet' and swung up the baton to hit my mother and my mother started screaming," said Stevenson.

The girl grabbed Stevenson's purse.

"Started running, my mother ran after her. Luckily, there was a good Samaritan back in the parking lot who heard my mother screaming, saw the girl running, got in his car and chased after them (and) was able to get the license plate," said Stevenson.

While Betty Stevenson was comforted inside the store, police started looking for evidence and found the teen had come back to look for her cellphone, which she dropped while getting away.

"Criminology 101 is don't return to the scene of the crime," said Stevenson.

Inside the car police found Lynn Smith and several other purses police say the duo had apparently stolen.

When police brought the teen in for Betty Stevenson to identify, a Lululemon employee said she was emotional.

"Betty was a little upset, and she let all her emotions out to her and said 'why would you do such a horrible thing to me?'" said Georgina Walker, a store employee that helped Stevenson.

The girl denied it, but, "she was just white, because she knew she'd been caught red-handed," said Walker.

Stevenson's daughter said they're thankful for the good Samaritan that got the tag number.

"I would just love to give him a hug," said Stevenson.

"We gave him a little gift card and said, you know, 'thank you so much. You know, it's people like you who really make an impact,'" said Walker.

Last year, Lynn Smith was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and stealing from a store, but she received a deferred sentence after pleading guilty.

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