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Purse pinchers popped on interstate

  • By Clay Neely
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  • Dec. 08, 2020 - 4:32 PM

Purse pinchers popped on interstate


Approximately 34 Brahmin brand purses, reportedly stolen from a Douglasville Dillard’s, were located after an interstate traffic stop.

Three women caught with over $9,500 worth of Brahmin purses were arrested after an interstate traffic stop.

The incident occurred Sunday morning when a deputy clocked a Honda traveling 91 mph in a 70 mph zone along Interstate 85 southbound.

The driver of the car admitted she was unlicensed and one passenger gave a false name to the deputy, according to Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

After obtaining the correct names of all occupants, investigators located a wig inside the car along with several bags of new clothing with price tags and security sensors still attached and multiple bottles of expensive perfume, Yarbrough said.

Along with the clothes and perfume, investigators located approximately 34 Brahmin brand purses from the car, valued at $9,530. The purses had price tags and security devices attached, although the women said they were fakes and were to be resold online.

Investigators were put in contact with a Douglasville detective who confirmed the car was involved in a large retail theft at Dillard’s where a large number of Brahmin brand luxury purses had been stolen.

The detective confirmed the suspects were believed to be wearing wigs during the theft.

All three women were placed under arrest and transported to the Coweta County Jail.

Lawrence Kira Whitfield, 27, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property. Hale Alayna Price, 20, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property and giving a false name to officers. Briana Alexandria McWilliams, 20, was charged with theft by receiving stolen property, driving while unlicensed and speeding.