Police: Rutland man arrested after stealing purse, attempting to use stolen credit card

2 mins read

RUTLAND — A 25-year-old man is facing multiple charges following a theft at a supermarket in Rutland yesterday.

Police were notified of a theft from a person at the Hannaford Supermarket at around 8:54 a.m.

According to the report, it was found that a man had stolen a purse from a person inside the store.

While responding several calls came in about customers and citizens chasing the subject through the parking lot.

Police identified the suspect as Anthony D. Courcelle, of Rutland.

Police say numerous members of the public followed Courcelle and provided detailed descriptions of him.

He was tracked to a nearby convenience store where he attempted to use a stolen debit card from the purse, although the victim had already canceled the card.

Police say he then fled to a nearby home but was tracked by several citizens including a retired Rutland City Police Officer.

State Police was assisted by the Rutland City Police Department who aided in the investigation.
Police located Courcelle at his home and also say several witnesses were able to identify him as the person who ran from the theft and video footage from several stores and locations linked him directly to the theft and illegal use of credit cards.

Courcelle is due in court today to answer to the charges of larceny from a person, petit larceny, false pretense, and identity theft.

Police say three of the four charges are considered felonies in the State of Vermont.