Police arrest woman who left her wallet in stolen purse

RICHMOND – A Berea woman who left her wallet in a purse she allegedly tried to steal was arrested Thursday on robbery charges.

Police say Kimberly Jo Kirby, 44, stole a purse and hid other merchandise inside it Thursday evening while she was in the J.C. Penney in Richmond Mall. When a store employee confronted Kirby outside the store, she dropped the purse and tried to punch the employee with keys in her fist, police say. She then sped away in a vehicle.

The employee discovered that Kirby left her wallet, which included her identification, inside the purse, and turned over the items to police. Kirby later contacted J.C. Penney to see if her wallet had been found. She then went to the Richmond Police Department to retrieve it after an employee told her it was turned over to them, police said.

Kirby was arrested and charged with second degree robbery and third degree possession of a controlled substance for three loose Xanax and Ambien pills found on her at the time of the arrest.

Kirby is lodged in the Madison County jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

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