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Woman admits snatching pricey purse

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A 39-year-old Socorro County woman pleaded guilty in state District Court in Carrizozo Friday to larceny of more than $2,500 but will not be sentenced until the amount of the theft is determined at a court hearing, the Ruidoso News reported.

“There is a dispute about how much restitution is owed,” Deputy District Attorney John Sugg said. “There is no dispute that restitution is owed.”

Susan Esquivel of San Antonio, N.M., was charged with the theft of a purse from a customer at Billy’s Racebook Restaurant at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack on May 27, 2012, Ruidoso Downs police said.

The owner of the leather and alligator-skin purse claimed the purse contained $3,000 in cash, according to the News.

A charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dismissed, the paper reported. Esquivel’s daughter was with her when the purse was taken.

“This was a momentary lapse in judgment,” defense attorney Roscoe A. Woods said. “She is a Socorro schools employee, a mother of three in a stable marriage and she has had no violations even though these charges have been pending for about a year.”

State District Judge Karen Parsons will hold a hearing on the restitution issue on Sept. 18, the News said.

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