Troopers credit local media and public for arrest of Heuvelton woman accused of taking purse from Potsdam Walmart
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:25 am

CANTON – Canton-based state troopers credited tips generated by local media for the arrest of a Heuvelton woman accused of stealing a purse from Potsdam Walmart recently.

Nancy Mahoney, of 4488 county Route 10, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. Troopers said Mahoney took a purse that was left in a cart at the Potsdam Walmart.

Trooper Greg Hayes said that on March 20, a shopper had parked her cart in the vestibule at the store and pulled her shopping bags out of it and left the store, forgetting her purse in the cart.

When she realized what she had done, she returned to the store but no one had turned the purse in.

Police and store personnel pulled video recordings and saw the woman who found the purse. She can be seen picking it up out of the cart, looking around, apparently speaking briefly with some people, hesitating, and then leaving the store.

Troopers said the arrest stemmed from tips generated from pictures and videos shared by local media outlets.

“Thank you to the public for your assistance in solving this case.” troopers said in a press release.