TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — One of the two women charged in a series of purse snatchings in Lafayette said a heroin addiction prompted the thefts.
Charges were filed against Lindsey Hogg and Rachel Hickman. The two Monticello women face eight charges of theft and one charge of corrupt business influence in Tippecanoe County.
According to court documents, 22-year-old Lindsey Hogg and 24-year-old Rachel Hickman stole eight purses at five different retail stores in Lafayette. Those stores include Walmarts on State Road 26 and Veterans Memorial Parkway, Pay Less grocery stores off State Road 38 and Beck Lane, and Meijer on State Road 26.
Prosecutors said the women got away with the contents of the purses, which included more than $1,200 in cash.
Documents revealed Hogg would go into the stores and take the purses while people were not paying attention. Hickman would drive her to the stores.
Hogg told investigators that she and Hickman worked together, so they could use the cash to buy heroin.
According to online court records, Hogg has been charged with six counts of theft in White County.
Monticello Police Chief Randy Soliday said his department responded to reports of purse thefts at Walmart and Rural King.