Woman Arrested After Stealing A Lost Purse Returned By A Good Samaritan

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VACAVILLE --

A good Samaritan returned a lost purse at a Vacaville grocery store, but it didn't go home with the right owner.

Leah Parker said she forgot her purse at Safeway, but when it was returned to customer service, another woman claimed it.

The Vacaville Police Department said within minutes of the purse being returned, Nikia Duren approached customer service and said the pursue was her cousin's. When store employees checked the ID in the bag, authorities said Duren snatched it and left the store.

Parker said she was frustrated by the situation, "I'm thinking I don't have my purse I don't know where it's at."

However, just hours later, her mood changed when Leah's husband Devin and the Vacaville Police Department shared surveillance pictures of the suspect on Facebook.

Brittney Gillam-McIntyre was on a break from her job as a security guard at Brenden Theaters when she saw the post and then the unexpected happened.

"I saw her in the hallway on the phone," said Gillam-McIntyre.

In the same outfit she wore to Safeway, Duren was catching a late night movie with tickets she found in Parker's purse. Gilliam-McIntyre, a Vacaville Police cadet, called the police right away, and Duren was arrested for robbery and fraud.

"We've seen an amazing response from our community who has been getting involved on social media," Sergeant Jason Johnson said.

While the suspect was caught, Parker's purse has not been found.

According to Parker, Duren used her credit cards to buy a car battery and items at a smoke shop.

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