A woman is in custody after police say she stole $2500 from a purse in a restaurant while holding her 4-year-old child.
According to officials, 23-year-old April Kidd of Conewago Avenue was eating dinner with her family at Peking Chinese Restaurant in Manchester on Saturday night when restaurant patrons saw Kidd enter the bathroom carrying a purse.
Kidd returned a short time later, and another patron noticed that her purse had been moved. After checking her purse and realizing $2500 in cash was missing, she yelled for Kidd to stop. Other patrons assisted in trying to stop Kidd from leaving.
Kidd left the restaurant with her 4-year-old child, and two restaurant patrons followed her outside. Kidd then turned around and threatened to punch them, gesturing that she had something in her jacket pocket.
The two patrons, not knowing what was in Kidd's pocket, stopped, and Kidd fled the scene on foot.
One of the patrons had seen Kidd's boyfriend drive away from the restaurant and copied down the license plate and a description of the vehicle.
Police were notified of the incident, and after the patron gave officers a description of the vehicle, authorities identified their suspects. An officer called Kidd on her cell phone and told her to come down to the station for an interview.
Kidd arrived at the station that evening at around 9:45 p.m. After adamantly denying that she had stolen anything at the restaurant, she eventually admitted to police that she had taken the money. Kidd was subsequently arrested. Officers also discovered a small capsule of heroin in her purse.
Kidd was charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child.