Public helped police catch suspected purse thief

Kelvin Earl Cogdell also facing charges in Boston and South Carolina

Kelvin Earl Cogdell, 50, of Springfield, is charged with larceny from a building, and receiving a stolen credit card.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Police in Springfield have arrested a man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse at Shriner’s Hospital, and then tried to user her debit cards at a nearby supermarket. Police Sgt. John Delaney told 22News that 50 year-old Kelvin Earl Cogdell of Springfield was arrested Monday morning, after receiving a wide response from people who saw the suspect’s image on television and on the department’s social media accounts.

Delaney says that on March 27, Cogdell went into Shriner’s Hospital and stole an employees pocketbook. He then went to the Stop & Shop at the Springfield Plaza and allegedly tried to make purchases with the victim’s cards.

Cogdell is being charged with larceny from a building and receiving a stolen credit card. Delaney says the suspect has an extensive criminal history, having been arraigned 227 times. At the time of his arrest Monday, there were warrants for his arrest out of Roxbury District Court on charges including breaking and entering, larceny of a credit card, and uttering a false check. He was also wanted for a parole violation out of South Carolina.

Surveillance image from the Stop & Shop on Liberty Street in Springfield. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department
Surveillance image from the Stop & Shop on Liberty Street in Springfield. Image Courtesy: Springfield Police Department

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