Failed Kroger purse snatcher seen on video sentenced to probation
Video of the attempted theft went viral nationally after it happened in December 2021.
HAMILTON, Ohio (WXIX) - A man was sentenced to probation Thursday after a video of his attempt to get away with an 87-year-old’s purse went viral.
Derek Vaughn, 58, pleaded guilty in March to one count of theft from a person in a protected class.
Along with probation, a no-contact order was issued, court records show.
The theft happened Dec. 12 at the Kroger on Old Oxford State Road in Lemon Township. Vaughn snatched a purse belonging to 87-year-old Pat Goins as she was walking down an aisle.
Around a dozen people ran after Vaughn into the parking lot. Deshawn Pressley succeeded in catching up to Vaughn.
Goins said Vauhn never touched her, and he just wanted the $60 she had in her purse.
The crowd made sure he apologized to the 87-year-old.
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