A Wrightsviille woman told police that she and her boyfriend decided to steal a purse in a supermarket parking lot because they needed money to buy heroin, court records show.
On Thursday, July 13, police charged Amanda Nicole Gill, 24, and Kevin Edward Deshong, 22, who live in the same apartment at the corner of Fourth and Locust streets in Wrightsville, with robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking and simple assault. The charges stem from the strong-arm robbery of an 89-year-old woman in the parking lot of the Giant food store at 1278 S. Market St., Elizabethtown, on Thursday, July 6.
Northwest Regional Police Detective Frank H. Ember Jr. wrote in a sworn statement filed in court that Gill told him in an interview on Thursday, July 13, that she and Deshong were “sick” due to heroin use and needed money to buy more heroin. Ember wrote that Gill told him that she and Deshong agreed to wait in the supermarket parking lot for someone to go by with a purse they could steal.
Gill told Ember that she saw the victim approach the stolen vehicle she was in and tried to take the victim’s purse, but the victim would not let go of the strap. Gill said she pulled the purse to the car until the victim let go and Deshong drove the car out of the lot.
After driving recklessly to Mount Joy, Deshong went to a CVS store there and asked a clerk for directions to “the highway,” police said. The empty purse was found discarded in the store’s parking lot.
Gill told Ember that she and Deshong returned the car to where they had taken it, then drove another car to Baltimore where they purchased heroin, Ember wrote in his sworn statement.
The victim told police that the purse contained about $380 in cash along with personal cards, bank records and medicine.
Police said in announcing the arrests that there were no other suspects besides Gill and Deshong.
Both defendants are in the Lancaster County Prison because they were unable to pay $500,000 bail. They are awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday, July 28, before Magisterial District Judge Jayne F. Duncan.