Tow truck driver charged in theft of cash

Ricky Jensen, 52, of 293 Mansfield Ave., was charged with sixth-degree larceny March 9 in connection with the theft of cash from a purse.

Jensen turned himself into police after being advised there was a warrant for his arrest, police said.

A female complainant contacted police July 7, 2011 after she left her purse in a shopping cart at Stop and Shop, police said. The complainant drove home before she realized the purse was missing and was later contacted by a local business owner who had found the purse near where she had left it unattended.

Everything was in the purse except for $400 in cash, police said.

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Surveillance cameras at Stop and Shop showed the complainant putting groceries into her vehicle before pushing the cart against the curb and driving away. About four minutes after she left a flatbed tow truck pulled into the parking space near the cart, police said. However, because the quality of the surveillance footage was so poor the only information that could be determined was the truck had a dark blue cab, a silver flatbed and a large chrome grill. The male operator was wearing jeans and a light colored shirt, police said.

The same officer who investigated the purse theft was on patrol Feb. 25 when he observed the same tow truck pull into a parking space at Stop and Shop. Jennings, who was the operator of the truck, was questioned by the officer and admitted to taking the cash before placing the purse on the ground so someone could find it, police said.

He was released on promise to appear and scheduled to appear in court March 19.