Rochester woman charged in Milford designer purse theft
Laura Anne Pochmara, 37, was charged Saturday with receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000 stemming from a recent theft of around $2,200 in Vera Bradley purses from the Nana Niche and Corner store.
Milford Police Chief Thomas Lindberg said that detectives are working with investigators in South Lyon, Davison, Dexter, Saline and as far west as Kalamazoo on other incidents involving thefts of designer handbags, wallets and purses in those locations. She was given $20,000 bond and taken to the Oakland County Jail to await a preliminary exam conference Feb. 25 in front of 52 3 District Judge Lisa Asadoorian.
The 37 year old initial charge comes after the Jan. 30 theft, said Lindberg. Pochmara walked into the store and distracted the owner, then waited until the owner was distracted and took more than $2,
000 in Vera Bradley merchandise, Lindberg said.
owner noticed at some point, then followed her out after trying to get her to stop, but the suspect got into a car and drove away, said Lindberg, who mentioned detectives on Wednesday were looking for another woman who may have been working with Pochmara. owner was able to get her license plate.
Investigators went to Pochmara home Feb. 13 and saw her carrying a box of Vera Bradley equipment from her car. They arrested her and found nearly $6,000 in Vera Bradley products.
Meanwhile, the investigation into thefts in several jurisdictions has Milford police talking with police here and further west. In South Lyon, a similar incident was reported Jan. 30 at the Grand Trunke Home shop. Nine hipster purses and four wallets were stolen from the boutique on Pontiac Trail. Police are also investigating a Hallmark in Davison that was hit around the time of the previous thefts.
Receiving and concealing stolen property over $1,000 is a potential four year felony upon conviction. Milford Lindberg said depending on the outcome of the other theft investigations, Pochmara could face a fairly new state charge of organized retail fraud, a five year felony,
which has to do with operating a business with the purpose of stealing items and reselling then.