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 November 19th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies arrest three Fort Pierce women for snatching purses of elderly women, and the arrests may solve more such cases, Sheriff Mascara announces
After St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies Thursday night arrested three Fort Pierce women for stealing purses of elderly women in their driveways, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said there's good reason to believe at least half a dozen more cases can be traced to these same suspects.

"The three women our deputies arrested were clearly targeting vulnerable victims," Sheriff Mascara said. "They used the reprehensible tactic of approaching a victim in her driveway as she got out of her car and asking if she had seen a lost dog. Then the women grabbed the victim's purse, ran to a nearby car and drove away."

The Sheriff added, "The victims were 70 to 86 years old and lived in northern St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie."

Arrested and taken to the St. Lucie County jail were: Sharita Buckner, 27, Laporshia K. Fann, 18, and Kasey Kooper, 23, all of Fort Pierce.

Detectives traced activity on one of the stolen credit cards to a 7-11 Store in Jensen Beach, Martin County. Deputies also followed leads at the Treasure Coast Square Mall, also in Jensen Beach, where security guards wrote down part of a license tag number from a suspicious vehicle.

This led deputies to identify a 1995 dark green Toyota two-door car as a suspect vehicle, and deputies stopped the driver of the car in the 1400 block of 25th Street, Fort Pierce. That led to the arrest of the other two victims, Sheriff Mascara said.

In the possession of the suspects were numerous stolen credit cards and driver licenses. These will be the basis for investigating at least half a dozen other thefts of valuables at several locations on the Treasure Coast.

"These arrests are an excellent illustration of teamwork between detectives and patrol deputies," Sheriff Mascara said. "With the three suspects in custody, we are optimistic we can solve numerous other cases." * * *

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