Archbold, OH

Purses Stolen Parade Night

Two purses were stolen from vehicles during the Archbold Parade of Lights, Friday, Nov. 28.

Linda L. Stotzer, Medina, told officers while her car was parked at 304 Murbach St., her brown canvas purse was taken from the vehicle. Inside the purse were two credit cards plus prescription medication.

The theft occurred between 4 and 11:30 pm. Stotzer told police officers the auto had been locked. Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, said there were no signs of forced entry. Estimated loss: $30.

On Nov. 16, a theft from an auto was reported at that same residence.


Police stopped a subject with a flashlight walking in the 400 block of Brussel Street about 12:48 am, Saturday, Nov. 29.

The subject identified himself as Brendon McCoy, Stryker. He told officers his wife, Stacey, had her purse stolen from their auto; he was searching for it.

He told officers they parked their pickup in the driveway at 103 Beech Street about 6 pm, then walked to South Defiance Street to see the parade. When they returned to the vehicle at 7:30, the purse was gone. He said the vehicle was not locked.

Missing with the purse are debit and credit cards and a black wallet. Estimated value: $30.

Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, said the two crimes could be linked. The parade lasted long enough for a thief to travel from Beech St. to Murbach St.


Virginia A. Garrow, rural Lyons, told officers while her car was parked at her son’s residence at 615 N. Defiance St., someone entered her vehicle and stole her purse. The car was not locked.

A cell phone, $40 in cash, and a checkbook were in the purse. Estimated value: $152.

The theft occurred Tuesday, Nov. 25, sometime between 6:50 and 6:55 pm.

In an unrelated case, a brown purse was turned into the Archbold Police Department on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Officers were told it was on top of a light-colored vehicle, and fell off when it passed through the intersection of North Defiance Street and East Lutz Road. There was no ID in the purse, but officers did find a key and key ring from a local auto dealer.

The purse was placed in lost and found.

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