Both held on $30,000 bond in Swain and Macon
Officers with the Franklin Police Department arrested two women last Thursday on charges stemming from the theft of an woman’s purse last month in the Holly Springs Shopping Center on US 441 North.
On the evening of June 18, authorities responded to the report of a purse that was stolen out of 61-year-old Julie Frances Rose’s car, which was parked in a handicapped parking space near Ingles supermarket. The purse was recovered and returned to Rose.
Along with her Florida driver’s license, four credit cards and Rose’s prescription drugs were reportedly taken from her purse.
According to investigators, approximately $1,000 was withdrawn between all four of the credit cards, according to FPD Detective Mark Foster. The purchases were made at Cato’s, Wal- Mart, Shoe Show and Ingles—all within the shopping center. One card was later found in Cato’s, the rest of the cards have not been retrieved.
Authorities narrowed down their search to two females, who were caught making the illegal purchases on Ingles video surveillance. As a result, Angela Marie Byfield, 31, and Tanya Nicole Parks, 28, were arrested after they were identified in the surveillance footage by their Swain County probation officers.
“They were recognized immediately,” said Foster.
The two suspects have been arrested on a total of 27 felony charges. Byfield, of Bryson City, is believed to have taken the purse out of the vehicle. She faces one count of larceny from a motor vehicle, nine counts of financial card theft and four counts of fraud by obtaining property under false pretenses. She is currently being held in the Macon County Detention Center.
Parks, of Whittier, was charged with four counts of financial card theft and nine counts of obtaining property under false pretenses. While in Swain custody, Parks reportedly admitted to participating in the crime during an interview with investigators. Both suspects were booked on $30,000 secured bonds and go to court on July 7.
“We appreciate all the calls from the public,” said Foster. “We had an overwhelming response.”