Attempted theft thwarted by victim

Richard Cordell Tice (left) and London Nicole Bradshaw

A man tried to steal a purse from a woman's car in the parking lot of Walmart on James Island on Tuesday while the victim was returning her empty shopping cart, according to a Charleston police report.

About 8:10 p.m., police were called to the store at 1231 Folly Road for a reported theft from a motor vehicle. The victim told officers she saw a man standing next to a red flatbed truck near her car as she was leaving the store. She put her purse in the front passenger seat, strapped her child into a safety chair in the rear, and was about to push her buggy to the return area when she saw the man run toward her car and grab her purse from the front seat. The man ran into the passenger side of the truck.

The victim, a 47-year-old Johns Island woman, told police she ran toward the flatbed and grabbed the driver, demanding her purse. The passenger tossed the purse toward her and she recovered it.

The truck drove off, hitting a parked vehicle on its way out of the lot, the report said.

Police broadcast a description of the truck over police radio and about 10 minutes later, a truck matching the description was stopped on Savannah Highway near Wesley Drive.

The victim was brought to the scene and she identified the driver and the passenger, the report said.

Richard Cordell Tice, 18, of Old Shoals Road in Monetta is charged with theft from a motor vehicle. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center on $10,000 bail set Wednesday by Charleston County Magistrate Linda Lombard.

The alleged driver, London Nicole Bradshaw, 22, also of Monetta, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving under suspension, Francis said.