GREENWELL SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A judge set a heavy bond for a couple accused of snatching an elderly woman's purse while she was walking out of a grocery store.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office identified the man who reportedly took the purse as Cody Hardy, 24. His girlfriend, Savanah Holcomb, 24, allegedly admitted to driving the getaway car.
The couple was arrested two days after the incident, which happened at Oak Point Grocery Store in Greenwell Springs.
19th JDC Judge Anthony Marabella set Hardy's bond at $75,000 and Holcomb at $50,000.
Officials say Katie Sumrall, 25, was also arrested, but records show she was not booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Surveillance cameras show the elderly victim was walking out of the store when a man believed to be Hardy ran up to her from the side of the building and ripped the purse off her arm.
According to investigators, there was a $5,000 hearing aid and cash inside the woman's purse. They added Hardy then jumped in a white Chevy pickup truck with another person and they drove away.
Officials say Hardy admitted to throwing the victim's purse in a ditch on Flannery Road. Deputies were able to find the victim's purse at the location. The victim's hearing aid was still in the purse, however, the victim claims that $120 cash was missing.
Hardy also reportedly admitted he was the one who snatched the victim's purse and that he, Holcomb, and Sumrall went to the grocery store with the intent to steal someone's purse in order to buy drugs and pay rent.
Holcomb reportedly admitted to being the getaway driver.
The owner of the store, John Sumich, offered to pick up the cost of the stolen hearing aid before it was recovered.
"This is our customers and we appreciate them. We look out for them when they are here. For this customer, unfortunately, she wound up having a very expensive hearing aid in her purse. That is going to be taken care of by us. We are just so thankful that this individual did not hurt our customer," said Sumich. "We have never had anything like this happen in 12 years. Central is a very safe, wonderful place."
"This is not just an offense to that customer alone, it is to each one of us and I promise that anything in my power that this does not happen in the future and that this person is apprehended, it'll be done," said Sumich.