September 21, 2014

Court dates set for men accused of stealing woman’s purse

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — Court dates have been set for two Standish men accused of stealing a purse from a woman while she was shopping in a motorized scooter at Glen’s Market Dec. 29.

Dale Janz Jr. appeared before 23rd Circuit Court Judge Ronald Bergeron on March 28 for his pre-trial hearing, where he pleded guilty to attempted larceny of a person. The charge of larceny of a person is scheduled to be dropped when Janz appears for sentencing May 4, at 9:30 a.m.

If convicted, Janz could face up to five years in prison.

Joshua Gibson’s pre-trial hearing has been pushed back to April 20. A trial date has been set for May 23 and 24. No plea has been made.

Janz and Gibson were arrested in connection with the alleged theft of a purse from a woman inside of Glen’s Market in Standish on Dec. 29.

According to a police report from the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a purse snatching at Glen’s Market at 533 S. Main St. The report goes on to say that a full-size white van driven by Gibson and Janz Jr. was followed by awitness who was on the phone with central dispatch.

The witness then reported that the van was stuck in a ditch on Pine River Road, as Gibson and Janz Jr. reportedly fled on foot down Washington Street.

According to a statement by the victim, Roberta Carcio, 67, of Twining, she was shopping in her motorized scooter and was being followed around the store by a thin bald man in a black hooded sweatshirt. She added that as she approached the front of the store, the man stole her purse.

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