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

lori7777

anyways, u r sooo stupid.

slimwhite56

Lol I don't stick up for this hunk of $hit or anyone else in your gang.. blow me! Hey what do you and your mom and a door knob have in common?

lori7777

wow, you gotta be one sad person.

slimwhite56

O u gon bring stepdaddy in to this here. Ok then. Lats talk bout s chepdaddys na

slimwhite56

Yeah only reason you wind that fot is cause you was pullin hair and smokin a cigarette! You get yer dale ernhardt cooler and leave

24productions

Peh heh heh....kind of amusing that the focus falls off the criminal at hand. What this d-bag has or hasn't done in his past, DOES NOT clarify robbing and potentially injuring this elder woman. An earlier post, from when he first pulled this B.S., was that he soiled himself, because that wasn't the type of person he is, and "was probably scared half to death"...or some other jargon close to that. His past is riddled with anger, disregard for human safety and care, and it's just plain, and simple. He deserves to be far away from where he can hurt, or rob any other citizen, whom stays in the perimeters of the law.

mikeylikesit

meanwhile, somewhere, the moderator is in a dark closet struggling against the duct tape..

luvblues2

The moderator is bored and is making up multiple personalties to pass the time.

slimwhite56

Bar wh0res. U and ur mom

slimwhite56

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Libel and defamation.

slimwhite56

U both slept with glen

slimwhite56

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slimwhite56

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slimwhite56

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

slimwhite56

Haha

slimwhite56

Fart knocker

mikeylikesit

dale ernhart cooler.. priceless!

lori7777

?

slimwhite56

Lol

ohioman66

i have read every comment on this and i am appauled!!!! this went from the story to a son or daughter defending her mother? this pratt guy hopefully will not hurt anyone again. and as for slimwhite56, sounds like you have some anger issues yourself.. hopefully we all dont see you in the paper for harming anyone.

slimwhite56

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

slimwhite56

O ps anyone that has time to read every comment needs a life ohioqueer

ohioman66

you too, slimwhite56. you seem to be on here commenting alot. maybe you should become a church member with all of your foul comments.

ohioman66

and, i do find it hard to believe you are 76 years old. you act like you are 5 years old. this story is about one person that tried to take advantage of a old woman. nothing else.

slimwhite56

So why are you straying from the story mr. Drama lets talk about stealin and hitin good licks and such

slimwhite56

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Profane, obscene, sexual or derogatory language.

slimwhite56

Get some rest so you can keep feeding my social security you lil bast@rd

ohioman66

ok, the story is this pratt guy stole a purse from a elderly lady. and, sounds like he has had some violence. lets all be thankful he did not hurt that poor woman and the citizens of norwalk helped

ohioman66

and, there is no need for name calling.

swiss family

what the heck????he said he was "deeply sorry"????isn't that a "get out of jail free card?'.. was our knowledgeable Judge having a bad day that day????if I were him, I would start a law suit now.. I mean you are treating him like he is some kind of criminal??? what's up with that???

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