Livingston sisters arrested after purse robbery outside bank

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Two sisters from Livingston were arrested Aug. 13 in connection with a robbery outside the First Niagara Bank in Greenport, according to a State Police report. Police responded to a 911 call to assist an elderly woman whose handbag was taken as she walked to the entrance of the bank. According to the report, an eyewitness gave police a description of a suspect and the suspect’s vehicle and a partial license plate number. Soon after, police located the vehicle during a distracted-driving road check and while interviewing the occupants, found the victim’s personal effects, and noted that a two-year-old child was in the vehicle, the report said.

22, and 21, were each charged with robbery in the third degree, a felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Cassandra Lester was also charged with criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor. They were arraigned in Town of Greenport Justice Court and held in Columbia County Jail.

Additional witnesses to the incident should contact the State Police Livingston Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 518-851-2982.

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