Purse snatcher drops spoils of crime, picks up time behind bars after causing crash

Purse snatcher drops spoils of crime, picks up time behind bars after causing crash
Photo provided by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 12:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 1:30pm

An accused purse snatcher did not get the chance to benefit from the spoils of the crime before ended up behind bars.

“The victim explained that the suspect was reentering the white vehicle when the purse was dropped outside of the passenger door,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, explained.

The suspect, Kellie Colomb, 23, allegedly grabbed the victim’s purse during the incident at the Wal-Mart on Ambassador Caffery Parkway. It happened on Tuesday, June 18 at roughly 5:30 p.m.

According to the arrest report, the victim, who had a small child with her, struggled with Colomb over the purse. At the same time that happened, the “getaway” driver, Koby Albanese, 26, allegedly took off, forcing Colomb to drop the purse. 

Both Colomb and Albanse got away, but the victim was able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle. Several hours later, they located a car matching the description. 

At roughly 10:30 p.m., officers responded to a crash in the 100 block of North University Ave. Colomb was driving the vehicle and the responding officer noted that her eyes were red and glossy and her speech was slurred.

Although Colomb submitted a breath test that proved she had not been drinking, she later confessed to consuming Xanax prior to the crash. She also admitted to her involvement in the attempted purse snatching.

Colomb was charged with Attempted Purse Snatching, DWI (first offense), and Failure to Register Vehicle.

Albanese was charged with Principal to Attempted Purse Snatching.

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