A homeless mother and daughter have been arrested and charged with robbery after the pair stole a van in Massapequa last month, then stole a pocketbook from a 76-year-old woman in a Massapequa supermarket parking lot that same day, Nassau County police said.
Kimberly Decicco, 44, and her daughter, Erika Obritis, 24, were arrested by Seventh Squad detectives just after noon Wednesday outside the Hampton Inn on Commack Road after Suffolk County police reported that they had located the stolen van in the parking lot there, Nassau police said.
Both mother and daughter were charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny.
They face arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead, police said.
Police said that on June 19 Decicco and Obritis entered an unlocked 1997 Pontiac van parked in the lot at the Budget Inn on Carmen Mill Road in Massapequa, located keys inside that van, and stole it — driving to the Best Yet Market on Merrick Road. There, police said, Decicco exited the van, approached the victim in the parking lot, grabbed her pocketbook and fled.
Mother and daughter then drove off west on Merrick Road, police said.
Police had been searching for the van since and Suffolk police found it Wednesday. Decicco was arrested as she attempted to enter the van outside the Hampton Inn, police said.
Police said that Obritis was arrested a short time later after being located at a nearby diner.