For most purse-snatchers, separating someone from their valuables is a very simple process with few logistics. So when three Washington residents made headlines for an attempted heist in Belgrade, Mont., it was already clear this was not your average band of thieves.
According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, two men and a juvenile female attempted to rob a woman in the Belgrade Albertsons' parking lot on Sunday around 2:45 p.m. After the woman struggled with her attacker and suffered minor injuries, the three drove off in a red vehicle adorned with Washington licensee plates.
But it wouldn't be a simple escape. When the Washingtonians were spotted traveling westbound on Interstate 90 by Montana Highway Patrol, a chase ensued -- reaching speeds of more than 100 mph, and only being called off when the suspects began driving into oncoming traffic on the interstate. Later that day, troopers found the vehicle around Milligan Canyon and took two of the individuals into custody, with a third captured after fleeing from the scene.
On Monday it was confirmed that the two male culprits were 23-year-old Kenneth M. Lohman of Auburn and 23-year-old Joshua Norman Bolton of Spokane. As noted in an article on The News Tribune's website, Lohman and Bolton were both charged with knocking down the elderly woman and grabbing her purse. Lohman's bail was set at $100,000, while Bolton's was set at $150,000.
The third culprit in the case has been identified as a 16-year-old girl. No charges will be filed against her and she will be returned to her mother.
As to why three Washington residents were in Montana stealing purses, the question still remains. The group obviously didn't get the memo that purse-snatching is supposed to be simple.