Homeless man charged with stealing elderly woman’s purse in Plymouth

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

PLYMOUTH — A homeless person was arrested on charges he conspired with a juvenile to steal a purse from a 91-year-old woman earlier this year.

Police allege Jeremiah Freeborn Lenchick, 28, and a juvenile stole a purse from the woman as she walked on East Main Street on Feb. 16.

Police arrested the juvenile four days later on Feb. 20 when he was spotted at an apartment building at 407 E. Main St., Plymouth. The juvenile ran when he spotted an officer at the door and attempted to hide in a bathroom, police said.

According to the criminal complaint:

A witness told police he saw the woman park a vehicle on East Main Street and was walking toward the CVS Pharmacy when two men ran up and grabbed her purse from her arms. The witness claimed the two men ran through the pharmacy’s parking lot and Commercial Lane, then changed direction and ran across East Main Street toward the levee to the Susquehanna River.

Police said the woman was walking with a cane when her purse was ripped from her arms. Her purse contained her car keys, credit cards, cash and other items.

Police said surveillance cameras allegedly recorded two men loitering in front of 135 E. Main St. at about 4:37 p.m. on Feb. 16. They begin to walk toward the pharmacy as the woman exited her vehicle and headed toward the pharmacy.

Police allege the two men paced back-and-forth and ran toward the woman with the juvenile stealing the purse.

Police said in the complaint they recognized the juvenile from the security camera recordings.

Lenchick was arraigned Friday by District Judge David Barilla in Forty Fort on charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and theft. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $5,000 bail.

The juvenile was petitioned to county juvenile court.

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By Ed Lewis

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