Thursday October 18, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Less than two hours after a city woman’s larceny charges were dismissed against her in court, she was arrested for swiping a shopper’s purse at a grocery store, according to police.

Katie Polidoro, 25, of Maple Street, is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to larceny from a person, a felony, in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday.

Earlier the same day, Polidoro was about to go to trial on charges of larceny from a person, assault and battery, and larceny of a drug. But she went free when the key witness, her mother, didn’t show up and the charges were dropped. Polidoro had been accused of taking money from her mother’s purse and scuffling with her over the bag.

Prosecutors say they couldn’t go forward with the case without the mother’s testimony.

A few hours later, Polidoro was back in court. According to a police report, Polidoro was arrested for stealing a 63-year-old woman’s purse at the Price Chopper on Hubbard Avenue at about 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday.

A witness told police she saw Polidoro grab the purse from a grocery cart when the owner wasn’t looking.

When confronted by the woman, Polidoro -- who was heading to the front of the store with the purse on her shoulder -- said the purse was hers, but then gave it back and left the store, according to the report.

The victim said between $40 and $50 was taken from her purse. The police report didn’t indicate whether the money was found on Polidoro or returned to the woman.

When police arrived, several employees from Price Chopper had Polidoro cornered near Staples, located in the same plaza. Polidoro allegedly admitted to police she took the bag, and she was arrested and brought back into District Court.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked Polidoro’s bail on two other open cases -- one for assault and battery, the other for forgery -- citing her criminal record. She is also on probation for assault and battery.

She is being held for up to 60 days without bail in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction. After the two months, she must come up with $1,500 cash or $15,000 bond to be released.

She is being represented by attorney Thomas M. Sherman Jr. and is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 14.

Police say they are investigating six other recent purse-snatching incidents in the Coltsville area. A police report states that Polidoro may have been involved in at least one of those crimes. No other charges have been lodged as of Wednesday.