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June 18, 2014

Purse theft suspect: Heroin addiction made me steal

DANVILLE — A Danville man apologized to a woman for snatching her purse May 29 in a supermarket.

“I apologize sincerely. I am not a person to steal,” Kyle T. Tamecki, 24, of 248 E. Diehl Road, told Julia Enright before he pleaded guilty to theft Tuesday. Tamecki represented himself during his preliminary hearing.

”I was addicted,” Tamecki said of heroin that he and his wife had been using the past three months. “I was healthy for three years,” he said. A mason, he said his wife, who is pregnant, is currently in a rehabilitation facility.

Tamecki said they started using prescribed painkillers which led to heroin.

Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder placed him on probation for 20 days to one year and ordered him to pay a $300 fine. He said Tamecki can be released from the Montour County Jail as long as he has a home plan suitable to the county probation department. He will also be subject to random drug tests, has to undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and will have to comply with recommended treatment.

There was no restitution to the victim since the purse was recovered from a potato bin at Giant Foods on Church Street.

“You have got to get treatment immediately,” County District Attorney Rebecca Warren told Tamecki.

“My dad wants me to go to an in-patient,” he said.

“Do it for yourself. You need professionals to help you,” Warren told him.

When Danville Sgt. William Wilt III charged him, Tamecki admitted to taking the purse from a shopping cart and discarding it in the produce section after attention was being drawn to him.

Enright told police her purse was in the front part of a shopping cart while she was bent over looking at candy with the cart in front of her. She heard a noise, looked up and noticed her purse was missing.

She saw a young man carrying her purse and yelled for someone to stop him.

Giant employee Diane Hendricks recorded the license plate of the black Toyota Tamecki left in. Police said it was registered to Alexa Marie Snyder, also known as Alexa Tamecki, of the same address as Tamecki.

Another Giant employee found the purse and a third employee followed Tamecki to the parking lot.

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