By Jeremy Pittari, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
An elderly couple entering a local bank Thursday afternoon was robbed of an envelope, which turned out to contain blank checks.
Assistant to the Picayune Chief of Police Jeremy Magri said the suspect, identified as 18-year-old Drin Shaw of 100 Auderer Blvd., Apt. H-5 Waveland, was charged with the strong-arm robbery that occurred at the Hancock Bank in south Picayune.
William Kendrick, the husband of the victim, said he was walking his wife into the bank that afternoon when a man, later identified as Shaw, walking out of the bank snatched the envelope she was carrying out of her hand before fleeing on foot. Kendrick said the suspect did not have a weapon and no one was seriously hurt.
Officers responded quickly to the scene and within minutes of the crime had Shaw in custody. The envelope containing the blank checks were found in a display for mulch in front of the nearby Winn-Dixie, Magri said.
Shaw’s girlfriend was also taken into custody in front of the grocery store, but later determined to not have been involved in the strong-arm robbery. However, a search of her person by a female detective located a bag of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, leading her to be charged with possession of marijuana.