Purse-snatcher sent to slammer

Bi-polar robber who says he's 'deeply sorry' gets 2 years on top of 17-month term given for Erie County crime
Cary Ashby
Feb 21, 2013

 

"A snatch and grab."

That's how defendant Glenn C. Pratt II described the purse-snatching crime he committed Jan. 17.

"I thought it was going to be a quick thing. I thought it was going to be a snatch and grab," he said Thursday in court.

Pratt told Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway he was surprised how strong the 63-year-old female victim was.

"I admit I tried to grab the purse," said the defendant, who was homeless and destitute at the time.

Pratt, 31, of Vermilion, pleaded guilty to robbery Thursday morning.

As part of a plea deal, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler agreed to dismiss one count of tampering with evidence. That felony relates to Pratt ditching the purse as he ran from the crime scene and was pursued by Advanced Computer Connections (aka ACC Norwalk) and Columbia Gas employees.

"(That) showed a lot of good things about our community," Leffler said.

Following a joint recommendation by Leffler and Huron County Public Defender David Longo, the judge sentenced Pratt to two years in prison Thursday. He will serve the time consecutive to a 17-month Erie County sentence for domestic violence.

"Mr. Pratt has some history of violence in his life," said Leffler, who mentioned charges of aggravated assault, felonious assault and domestic violence. "I don't know what the animal cruelty (case) was about."

Pratt has been diagnosed with having bipolar disorder.

"Ever since (age) 18, I've been in and out of psychiatric hospitals," Pratt told the judge.

Two witnesses saw Pratt commit the robbery.

The man who called 9-1-1 was taking his groceries to his car when he saw Pratt acting suspiciously at Schild's IGA.

Crystal Jackson, a stylist with Tammy's Salon of Style, was inside the business across the street about the same time. Jackson has said she believed Pratt was going to rob the woman "because he looked like he was really nervous about something."

The victim was heading to the Schild's deli.

"The defendant banged into her to knock her off balance. She called it hitting him," Leffler said. "She does not claim he hurt her in anyway."

After Pratt pulled the purse off the woman's shoulder, "she yelled," the prosecutor said.

Jackson saw Pratt run between the salon and Pizza Brothers. She then saw him stop near the building that houses ACC Norwalk and Columbia Gas.

"He was trying to dump the purse at the time," the witness told the Reflector earlier. "I don't think he expected to see me to show up again. ... At that point it was (a) foot race."

Sean Steffanni, of ACC Norwalk, was in his office when he heard Jackson yelling to several nearby Columbia Gas employees about the robbery. After he saw three men and Jackson chasing Pratt, Steffanni joined the pursuit.

"I saw him and took off. ... I was the one who caught up with him," said Steffanni, who got in front of Pratt and cut him off in the VFW parking lot.

"I asked him for the wallet. I told him he needed to give it to me. He hesitated, but then he did (give it to me)," Steffanni said.

The witness retrieved the purse, which Pratt dropped about 20 yards away. Steffanni gave the purse and the wallet to Jackson, who returned them to the victim, who was waiting at the salon.

After catching his breath, Pratt ran again. He eventually surrendered to Norwalk Police Capt. Mike Conney, who pulled up in his cruiser just as the defendant was running away from the VFW.

"I am deeply sorry. I was in a bad predicament in my life," Pratt said in court.

"I wish (the victim) was here so I could apologize."

Comments

KnuckleDragger

That'll teach him...next time shoot up with heroin before doing your crime. If only he would have told them he was an addict, he would have gotten a 6 no vacation in rehab.

ohiogirl99

yep or work release at the jail so he could continue doing the things he does

24productions

Oh, of course. He has to be ill in some way.No normal criminals would be so bold as to rob a senior citizen. We should just let him go, throw him in a new car, give him the deed to a nice house, and supply him with an expense account. He's ill, so robbing people, and assaulting people is only punishable, a little bit. God, what are we gonna do about this B-Crap?...we need to initiate corporal punishment. To heck with human rights. Those rights only seem to protect the guilty.

Zoepoet88

mental health gets a bad wrapp in our country.

Brock Lee

he aint homeless no more

feedthetrolls

a guy has to pay for sweet skull tattoos somehow

lily98

He was not homeless! He was living with his girlfriend and her family after moving from Vermilion. He just didn't tell the officer anything upon his arrest because he knows how the system works. Please DO NOT have any sympathy for this guy. He has been living off of the public dole and whatever prescription drugs he could sell for years. As far as the bipolar thing goes, I've known of him for about 6 years and he's never been bipolar before now or hospitalized in any capacity. For those of us with family members with legitimate mental disorders it makes me SICK that he'd pull that one out to try to get sympathy. We can only hope that he actually has to serve the two years!!

lori7777

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spoiled3

he has accually been in two different hospitals, and he was not living with her at that time.

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Sitting In The ...

Instead of being a man and earning a living you preyed upon an elderly woman and stole her money. Hopefully you're tormented every second you rot away in prison you bottom feeder.

Sitting In The ...

Evidently Bi-Polar causes people to prey on old ladies and steal their money and then when a man finally catches up to you the scent of who you really are is exposed.

slimwhite56

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slimwhite56

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lori7777

? whos jeff nd lisa?

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lily98

Glenn is STILL married. He never divorced her despite being engaged to Kim for years. If he was clean for 6 years and hasn't been clean for the last 6 I've known him then how old was he was messed up before? Seems like the math doesn't work out... What I know is that he lost a good job because he didn't go into work for whatever reason. Has been living off of his girlfriend and then welfare when she didn't work. I find it hard to believe that he had perfect anything in his life. If you pull his rap sheet, there were multiple violent offenses in Vermilion. I guess we can be grateful that he didn't end up killing someone. Hopefully he will get clean in jail and make a fresh start when he gets out, but I think he should probably try to do it in California not here.

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lori7777

and, i do agree!! the farther away from my mom, the better!!! and, i hav to agree on the violence. i do know he attacked my mom b4

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slimwhite56

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lori7777

lol, silly person. not his wife! try his stepkid? my mom wouldnt b sooo stupid as to comment on ur bs. but, i hav had enough of u putting my mom down.

slimwhite56

Read your past comments liar

lori7777

i know wat my comments said.

lori7777

my mom dealt with her problems by taking care of her legal promblems nd, working, living on her own and being theee best grandmother she has been to my son. so, quit bashing her nd suck it up

slimwhite56

Umm na no relation actually.. your mom stole from some good people I know.. why did u leave Washington Delaney?

lori7777

wow, really? funny cuz my mom hasnt been in any trouble for quite some time. and, no, i am not a delaney, sorry. neither is my mom.

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slimwhite56

U and yer mom can "s" a "d"

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