A Buffalo woman with 35 previous convictions added three more this week when she admitted stealing from three elderly female shoppers at the Wegmans grocery store on Alberta Drive in Amherst over a four-month span last year.
Lavina Walker, 49, of East Delavan Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
With 27 prior misdemeanor convictions and eight felony convictions, Walker faces a maximum sentence of life in prison Aug. 6 if State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns finds she is a persistent felony offender, Sedita said.
In the Wegmans cases, Walker followed a 91-year-old woman through the store July 6, took her wallet from her purse when the victim was distracted, then fled, prosecutors said.
On Sept. 17, Walker targeted an 86-year-old woman, stealing her wallet from her purse when the victim walked away from her cart, prosecutors said.
Walker was caught on Oct. 18 when store employees saw her following multiple customers through the store before she stole change from an 86-year-old woman’s purse, then tried to flee.