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Reference: July 20, 2006 - Pocketbook Theft Arrest

On July 16, 2006, a female contacted the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department to report her pocketbook stolen while she was shopping in a business located on Woodbury Avenue. While investigating this theft a pocketbook was recovered in the parking lot of 1465 Woodbury Avenue. This pocketbook was searched and the owner of the purse was contacted and stated the purse had been reported as stolen on July 11, 2006 at a business located in Biddeford, Maine. This information was forwarded to the Biddeford, Maine Police Department.

A short time later the victim of the July 16, 2006 theft was notified by her bank that her credit cards had been used at area stores within the City of Portsmouth. While investigating this July 16, 2006 theft the businesses where the credit cards had been used were contacted by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department. As a result of these inquires store surveillance films were reviewed and images of a suspect could be captured. Additionally a vehicle was identified as a suspect vehicle that was used this criminal activity.

On July 20, 2006, at around 11:09 AM, Portsmouth Police Patrol Officers responded to a business on Woodbury Ave where the suspect involved in the July 16, 2006 pocketbook theft had been observed. Upon the arrival of the Police the suspect was taken into custody and identified as:

Tonya York
1101 Ledgewood Drive
Saco, Maine
35 YOA
DOB: 01.21.71

At the time of her arrest, the vehicle, which York had been using, was located and impounded at Portsmouth Police Headquarters. The vehicle was searched pursuant to a search warrant granted by the Portsmouth District Court. The result of this search produced additional stolen property including stolen credit cards, pocketbooks and jewelry.

Tonya York will be arraigned on 8:30 AM, Friday July 21, 2006 at the Portsmouth District Court.

There were no injuries reported by any of the victims in regards to the theft of the pocketbooks.


 Emergency Dial 911, Portsmouth Police Department, 3 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801, Tel: (603) 427-1500