The report that we shared on our Facebook page yesterday from channel 5 (see link below) that a purse thief was allowed to commit a robbery, and the government CAN’T HELP THEM, is shocking, and wrong on so many levels! The Macedonia Police and WalMart a few weeks ago, observed on tape a lady stealing a purse off a bench from the woman who previously sat there. In full view of security monitors, you can see the robbery, and then the culprit with the stolen purse. The picture of the robber, somewhat blurry, was good enough to get a good image of her face. Sounds simple to prosecute, right? Well here is where some archaic, lack of common sense, law kicks in. The robber paid for her purchases with a government assistance card (EBT). Having used this card, she is protected under Federal Privacy Laws that prohibit her name from being broadcast, or allowing the Macedonia Police to acquire. To the Macedonia Police credit, they are trying to subpoena the name. This is an legal obstacle, or hoop they shouldn’t have to jump through! Had she used a credit/debit card, her name could have been publicized, and her name and identification could have been received from the sales receipt from the card. The law also protects her because she didn’t flee from the police, and no police were present during the crime. The law seems to protect the culprit from be identified and prosecuted! The Macedonia Police hands are handcuffed by the same laws they are sworn to protect and uphold. Ironic and MORONIC at the same time. This law needs to be revisited by the courts, and bring common sense back to the judicial system. The Police in general have a hard enough time in today’s legal entanglements. In the meantime, hopefully someone will identify the culprit, and drop an old fashion dime on her to the police. The 77 year old lady whose purse was stolen deserves any assistance from the public. In this case, the judicial system has let them, and the Macedonia Police down!!