Pittsfield man admits his role in snatching Savoy woman's purse
PITTSFIELD -- One half of a city couple charged in an August 2012 purse-snatching in front of a city grocery store pleaded guilty to larceny from a person on Tuesday and will be sentenced next month.
Joseph Baker, 30, admitted in Berkshire Superior Court that he was involved in the unarmed robbery of a a 23-year-old Savoy woman outside of the Price Chopper grocery store on Hubbard Avenue.
According to a Pittsfield Police report, Baker told investigators he and his wife, Jeanne C. Kuklewicz, 33, were heroin addicts and that on the evening of Aug. 11, 2012, were driving around the grocery store parking lot looking for a way to "get money" when Kuklewicz jumped out of the car, grabbed the woman's purse and knocked her to the ground.
A struggle over the purse ensued and Baker pulled his wife back to the car, dropping the purse in the process, before they drove off, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.
The victim suffered scrapes to her knee and hand during the incident, police said.
Originally facing a charge of unarmed robbery, on Tuesday Judge John A. Agostini allowed Baker to plead to the lesser charge of larceny from a person.
Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 12, on the same day his wife is set to change her plea. First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello is asking for a year in jail for Baker.
Baker's attorney, Glenn W. Keiderling Jr., is looking to get probation for his client.
Baker remains free on personal recognizance pending the outcome of the case.
Kuklewicz remains free on $500 bail.
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