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Accused White Marsh Purse Thief 'Just Trying to Survive'

Police arrested a man after chasing him near Philadelphia Road in White Marsh.

Police arrested a man on Wednesday after he allegedly stole a woman's purse along Philadelphia Road in White Marsh. 

William Allan Schultz, 41, a resident of the 11600 block of Jerome Avenue in White Marsh, was charged with theft of less than $100 and acting as a rogue and vagabond, Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct said.

According to police, at about 10:44 a.m. on Oct. 31, a woman parked outside the 7-Eleven in the 11600 block of Philadelphia Road and entered the store. Customers then told the woman that a man had entered her vehicle and stolen her purse. The woman left the store, approached the man and demanded her purse back. The man gave the purse back and ran away, according to a police report. 

Another woman near the 7-Eleven, who claimed that the man was her boyfriend, told police that he was homeless and had just gotten out of jail. A police helicopter and unit of police dogs responded and found the man in a backyard near Allender Road and Jerome Avenue, according to a police report.

Schultz was arrested on the scene. He told police, "I'm just trying to survive and this is a bad day," the police report showed.

Mike Fisher November 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
We live in a world right now where a lot of people are being pushed to their limits financially. It would be no surprise that people will start being pushed to do something like this. The increase in crime lately in Perry Hall can't all be related to drug use.
Tim November 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
funny, we were in Panera this afternoon eating a late lunch, and we literally had to wait 5 minutes just to get to sit down and eat, they had so much business.
K L November 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
"Acting as a rogue and vagabond" is inaccurate. Rogue and Vagabond is the name of the charge for entering a motor vehicle with the intent to commit theft. He was charged with it for going into the car and then stealing the purse.
SG from PH November 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Rogues and vagabonds - just another way of saying criminals. Taking things from people is criminal and wrong. Justice done. Jobs, now that is another thing! We just turned a corner on an election that will increase crime and until the jobs machine starts up crime will continue to be the easiest way to "earn" a living. Those who leave their possessions out and unprotected are subject to the whims of the jobless Rogues and Vagabonds who know you are at work. When our society completely turns from "makers to takers" things will get even worse. Jobs are the answer and until the businesses have government taxes and regulation off of their backs they will not commit to more hiring however if government does reign itself in, America will see a higher demand for their products and services that requires more workers, until then our society will just bump along and see a small percentage of "criminal takers" come at it from all sides. Reform starts a renewed effort to establish and maintain nuclear families (fathers and mothers in the same homes), secondary education taught by real subject matter experts and not teachers with basic education degrees, critical thinking skills, trades training - not college for all - and a rebirth in thinking that all work is honorable. Until that time the "makers" should be vigilant.
FIFA November 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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