Hingham Police Department
Hingham police have identified two people believed to have stolen a woman’s purse in Hingham’s Stop & Shop mid-January.
The theft was one of two purse snatchings that occurred last month; police have not identified the suspect in the other incident.
According to police, a Braintree Police detective recognized the suspect in the surveillance photos as a man he might know. Moreover, four days after the purse theft, a woman attempted to cash one of the victim’s checks at a Hull bank, police said. Though the woman presented a Massachusetts driver’s license, the transaction was denied.
Hingham detectives later reinterviewed the victim, a 65-year-old Hingham woman, and realized she wasn't the person who tried to cash the check. The woman also told officers that she had misplaced her license over a year ago and didn’t know who might have it.
When shown the surveillance video, the victim recognized the woman as a former friend, a 23-year-old Bellingham woman, police said.
Police interviewed the Bellingham woman, who identified the male suspect seen in the video. The suspect was the same as the man Braintree Police had initially identified, police said.
Hingham police obtained an arrest warrant for the man on Jan. 29 but did not initially locate him. On Feb. 1, Hingham detectives, assisted by Hull Police, searched a home in Hull and found the suspect hiding in a bedroom closet. He was arrested without incident.
John H. Mulloy, 32, from Hull was charged with larceny from a person 65 or older (a felony charge) and conspiracy. His bail was set at $240, which he was unable to make.
Police said Mulloy was held over the weekend in the Plymouth County House of Correction and arraigned at Hingham District Court on Feb. 4.
The 23-year-old Bellingham woman will also be summonsed to court on the same charges as Mulloy. Her name has not been released as she has not yet been charged.
Credit cards from the victim’s purse were also used after it was stolen. Police are investigating both Mulloy and the woman on those charges. The Bellingham woman is also being investigated by Hull Police for attempting to cash the victim’s check.