OSCODA – An Oscoda woman who faced four counts of larceny from a person, in four separate cases, was sentenced for the incidents, which occurred in early January in Oscoda.
Sarah Mae Savicke, 32, Oscoda, was sentenced to a year in jail, less credit for 235 days served, on two separate cases where she stole a purse from shopping carts at Oscoda businesses. The judge, however, has held the remaining time to be served in abeyance until further notice of the court.
Dismissed were two cases where she faced felony larceny from a person charges, which carries a penalty of 10 years in prison.
In addition to the jail term, she was also ordered to pay $4,398 in assessments as well as serve a term of two years of probation.
According to the Oscoda Township Police Department on Jan. 24 Savicke walked up to a woman at Family Fare in Oscoda, reached into the woman’s shopping cart without her knowing and took the woman’s purse.
The victim told police that her purse contained about $80 in cash, a cell phone valued at $200, two credit cards and other miscellaneous property.
Officers obtained surveillance footage of the incident and were able to identify the offender as Savicke from other surveillance footage of her, as well as prior contacts.
Authorities state in their case report that Savicke is seen entering the store without anything in her hands. She put her hood up and went directly to where the victim was standing in the building.
Police say Savicke is seen going through a large purse while walking down the aisle toward the door. She is seen putting the purse under her arm and exiting the store.
Officers located Savicke at her residence the following day, where she was arrested for larceny from a person. Police said Savicke eventually stated that, if she took the purse from Family Fare, she did not remember doing so and did not know where the purse was.
Prior to the aforementioned incident, officers were dispatched to the Oscoda Kmart to investigate a larceny complaint. A woman told police that her purse was stolen from her cart while she was shopping, and that she saw a female running away from her once she noticed the item missing.
A store employee said she believed that the subject who took the purse was Savicke, and a picture of her is posted in the business due to her having stole from the establishment.
An officer made contact with Savicke at her residence, where she was placed under arrest for a warrant out of Oscoda Township. She was lodged in the Iosco County jail for the warrant, as well as the incident of larceny from a person.
The officer claims that Savicke denied everything but, when another individual gave permission to search the home, the stolen purse was recovered from a closet Savicke was hiding in when officers first arrived at the residence.
The woman told police that her purse also contained a cell phone, a wallet, glasses, $50 in cash, a checkbook and other items when it was stolen from her.