AUGUSTA — A city woman sought by police in connection with a number of purse thefts at Walmart is behind bars.

Audra L. Purington, 37, was arrested Wednesday on an unrelated warrant and has since been charged with a number of offenses, including robbery, four counts of theft, five counts of misuse of identification and eight counts of violating conditions of release. Purington is being held without bail at the Kennebec County jail.

Augusta Police Deputy Chief Jared Mills said in a news release that Purington was wanted in connection with multiple theft of purses that occurred between June 28 and July 5 at the Augusta Walmart. One of those thefts, on July 1, included the use of force, which led to the robbery charge, Mills said.

Purington was arrested around 4 p.m. Wednesday by police following up on a tip, Mills said.

“The Augusta Police Department would like to thank the community for their assistance in locating Ms. Purington,” Mills said.

Police had been searching for Purington since last week when they arrested William K. Seabron, 23, of Brooklyn, N.Y., after the taxi he was in was stopped on Western Avenue.

Seabron was wanted in connection with a purse theft on July 1 at Walmart on Civic Center Drive, Mills said at the time.

Police stopped the taxi in the Whitten Road area of Western Avenue shortly after it was called to pick up two men at a nearby hotel. Police didn’t say how they knew Seabron was in the cab.

Seabron was charged with robbery, marijuana trafficking, theft by unauthorized taking, seven counts of misuse of credit identification and unlawful possession of drugs, Mills said.


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