Accused White Marsh Purse Thief 'Just Trying to Survive'

Police arrested a man after chasing him near Philadelphia Road in White Marsh.

Police arrested a man on Wednesday after he allegedly stole a woman's purse along Philadelphia Road in White Marsh. 

William Allan Schultz, 41, a resident of the 11600 block of Jerome Avenue in White Marsh, was charged with theft of less than $100 and acting as a rogue and vagabond, Lt. Ron Brooks of the White Marsh police precinct said.

According to police, at about 10:44 a.m. on Oct. 31, a woman parked outside the 7-Eleven in the 11600 block of Philadelphia Road and entered the store. Customers then told the woman that a man had entered her vehicle and stolen her purse. The woman left the store, approached the man and demanded her purse back. The man gave the purse back and ran away, according to a police report. 

Another woman near the 7-Eleven, who claimed that the man was her boyfriend, told police that he was homeless and had just gotten out of jail. A police helicopter and unit of police dogs responded and found the man in a backyard near Allender Road and Jerome Avenue, according to a police report.

Schultz was arrested on the scene. He told police, "I'm just trying to survive and this is a bad day," the police report showed.

Thomas November 02, 2012 at 08:26 PM
They should have cut off a hand and called it a day. If you want to steal, be prepared to face the consequences.
Marty Warren November 03, 2012 at 11:46 AM
As for me, I don't believe this gentleman
Mark Stevens November 03, 2012 at 12:47 PM
My heart goes out to this poor man. He's obviously a victim of Obama's fiscal policies. This would have never happened under Bush.
Kim Ruark November 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
A helicopter and police dogs for one man who took, then returned upon demand, a purse?!? Surely, these resources would be better used targeting drug activity, for example.
Just my opinion November 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Trying to survive? Has a girlfriend??? Really? There are soup kitchens for food if she won't feed you. And he can always stand on the corner of Honeygo and 43 like everyone other organization or person who has not been properly vetted and beg for money.
kevin culler November 03, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Soup kitchens dont have cigarettes and booze tho...thats whats important to most people with the "just tryin to survive" speech.
John Clarke November 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
With all my experience with individuals that use this excuse, I have found that the majority feel that only drugs and alcohol will help them survive. It is a total waste of taxpayers resources and money as statistics have proven they are a lost cause and will continue to do whatever is necessary to support their addictions.
Eric Martin November 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Wanna bet he was looking for money to purchase drugs?
Tim November 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
LOL, riiight.
Tim November 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Mike Fisher November 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I don't believe it was a case of drugs, otherwise, why would he give the purse back simply because the woman asked for it? No drug addict looking for a fix would have just given it back like that. I tend to believe it was just a bad day and since he was homeless, I'm sure he was struggling. Maybe he was just hungry and wanted food, there's nothing in the report that mentions any of the other stuff. His action of giving the purse back upon request is not the actions of a desperate man looking to get his drug fix. He must have snapped back to reality or was doing something he really didn't want to do, but felt he had to do. I believe his explanation, but it still doesn't make it right to even attempt it, either.
Mike Fisher November 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
We live in a world right now where a lot of people are being pushed to their limits financially. It would be no surprise that people will start being pushed to do something like this. The increase in crime lately in Perry Hall can't all be related to drug use.
Tim November 04, 2012 at 03:08 AM
funny, we were in Panera this afternoon eating a late lunch, and we literally had to wait 5 minutes just to get to sit down and eat, they had so much business.
K L November 04, 2012 at 04:54 AM
"Acting as a rogue and vagabond" is inaccurate. Rogue and Vagabond is the name of the charge for entering a motor vehicle with the intent to commit theft. He was charged with it for going into the car and then stealing the purse.
SG from PH November 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Rogues and vagabonds - just another way of saying criminals. Taking things from people is criminal and wrong. Justice done. Jobs, now that is another thing! We just turned a corner on an election that will increase crime and until the jobs machine starts up crime will continue to be the easiest way to "earn" a living. Those who leave their possessions out and unprotected are subject to the whims of the jobless Rogues and Vagabonds who know you are at work. When our society completely turns from "makers to takers" things will get even worse. Jobs are the answer and until the businesses have government taxes and regulation off of their backs they will not commit to more hiring however if government does reign itself in, America will see a higher demand for their products and services that requires more workers, until then our society will just bump along and see a small percentage of "criminal takers" come at it from all sides. Reform starts a renewed effort to establish and maintain nuclear families (fathers and mothers in the same homes), secondary education taught by real subject matter experts and not teachers with basic education degrees, critical thinking skills, trades training - not college for all - and a rebirth in thinking that all work is honorable. Until that time the "makers" should be vigilant.
FIFA November 13, 2012 at 11:44 PM
You lost.


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