Woman Arrested for Stealing Blind Lady's Wallet in Subway

By Smriti Rao and Tom Liddy  on May 24, 2012 10:45am

Latisha Richardson, 39, was charged with stealing a blind lady's wallet in the 75th Avenue subway station on April 16.
Latisha Richardson, 39, was charged with stealing a blind lady's wallet in the 75th Avenue subway station on April 16.
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QUEENS — A woman was arrested Wednesday for stealing a blind lady's wallet in a Forest Hills subway station and then going on a shopping spree at Walgreens, police said.

Latisha Richardson, 39 was charged with grand larceny, possession of stolen property and jostling and identity theft for the April 16 incident.

According to New York State penal law, jostling is when a suspect intentionally places his or her hand near someone else's pocket or wallet.

In a statement to cops Richardson allegedly said that she was upset because "I didn't think it was right for him to take a blind woman's wallet."

An alleged accomplice, Michael Peoples, 45, was picked up a week after the theft and faces similar charges.

Richardson, Peoples and a third suspect who is still on the lam allegedly stole the 68-year-old vicitm's wallet, which contained her credit cards and disabled MetroCard, as she walked with her guide dog up a staircase in the 75th Avenue station, police said.

The trio later used the blind woman’s credit cards at a nearby Walgreens, racking up $217.76 in two purchases, according to court documents.

Richardson, of Jamaica, was held on $50,000 bail and faces up to four years in prison if convicted, according to a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Peoples, also of Jamaica, was arrested on $25,000 bail and also faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Cops are still searching for their partner, who is about 40 years old, stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, cops said.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, white jacket, black baseball cap and carrying a black backpack, cops said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.  All calls are strictly confidential.

This is one of the suspects wanted for stealing a wallet from a blind woman at the 75th Avenue station on the F line in Queens on April 16, 2012.
This is one of the suspects wanted for stealing a wallet from a blind woman at the 75th Avenue station on the F line in Queens on April 16, 2012.
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