BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Buffalo woman who pleaded guilty to stealing purses from Wegmans customers, had another chance to pay up what she stole.
Charlene McBride,50, pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny charges for stealing purses from the Wegmans on Amherst St. in Buffalo. McBride was told she could spend up to 16 years behind bars and had to pay the money back that was stolen.
A warning was given to the woman from State Supreme Court Justice William Boller in June. She was told if she could pay up the total amount she stole by today, she would only face probation.
When she showed up nearly two months later on Monday, she showed up with just $100 dollars of the more than $2,500 that was required. She said she hasn't been able find work until recently due to the charges.
In court on Monday, Judge Boller told McBride, "This is a quality of life issue. And let me tell you, if I went to Wegmans or my wife went to Wegmans and someone stole her purse, I'd want them in state prison. To not only teach you a lesson, but to teach others who would think of this."
Judge Boller decided to give Mcbride a split sentence of 6 months in prison and 5 years probation. She must continue to work to pay back her victims while on parole.
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