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Panera pickpocket prowlers arrested and charged

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 14:40:14-05

ABERDEEN, Md. — Soup and sandwich lovers in Harford County can rest easy after officials say a Panera pickpocket prowler has been arrested.

According to officials, 32-year-old Latisha Rice is connected to three different pick pocketing crimes at Panera Breads across the county. She was arrested on Friday after a clutch containing cash and other belongings were stolen from a customer at the Panera on Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen.

The clutch was reported stolen to the Aberdeen Police Department around 12:30 p.m., and the victim described her robbers as women with long hair wearing baseball caps. After it was reported stolen, police began searching the area for the suspects and found a woman fitting the description exiting a Target in walking distance of the Panera. The woman got into a parked car and was pulled over before she left the parking lot.

Rice and 32-year-old Whitney Ryer, both from Philadelphia, were charged with theft under $100 and theft between $100 to $150.

Before this incident even happened, the Harford County Sheriff's Office was already looking into Panera pick pocketing cases across the county. After Aberdeen Police arrested Rice, officials realized she was connected to reported robberies at Panera locations in Abingdon and Bel Air in August and November of this year.