Purse Snatchers Nabbed by Off-Duty Officers

By Brandi Bailey

January 13, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM EST

Town of Chenango, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two thieves targeting a woman's purse at a local grocery didn't count on two members of the Broome County Sheriff's Department who were also browsing the aisles.

The sheriff's office was called at approximately 1:15 p.m. Saturday to the Weis Plaza on Upper Front Street in the Town of Chenango for two men accused of trying to steal a purse, according to a news release.

The release says two men from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, 30-year-old James Theobald and 20-year-old Adam Esposito, entered the Weis Market and stole a purse from a female shopper.

The woman screamed to alert others in the store.

Capt. Frederick Akshar and Patrol Lt. Kathleen Newcomb -- both of whom were off duty at the time -- saw the men running away with the purse.

Akshar chased one of the men and tackled him to the ground. A bystander stopped the other suspect, according to the release.

Both suspects were charged with five counts of grand larceny in the fourth degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

They were sent to Broome County Jail without bail.

The sheriff's office says the two had recently been released from Susquehanna County Jail for charges related to theft.