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Date and Time of Release: 10 May 2011

Date and Time of Incident: 9 May 2011

Subject: Possession of Stolen Property Arrest

9 May 2011, The Sonora Police Department was contacted by Wal Mart’s Loss Prevention Unit regarding the theft of a customer’s purse from a shopping cart. The victim had contacted Loss Prevention and reported the theft of their purse. Loss Prevention immediately reviewed the stores surveillance video and observed the theft.

Loss Prevention then located the two suspects and started following them. Offers were notified of the theft and they contacted Nicole Patton, 27 of Twain Harte and Brian Wilkins, 26 of Twain Harte, who were pushing their 7 month old child in a stroller.

Numerous items from the stolen purse were recovered, some of which was concealed under their child in the stroller. Both Patton and Wilkins were taken into custody without incident and their child was turned over to Child Welfare Services. Patton and Wilkins were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for;

• Felony possession of stolen property
• Felony conspiracy to commit a crime
• Misdemeanor theft