Parking lot purse-snatching suspect arraigned

Arthur Sheard, Jr. (March 24, 2014)
Arthur Sheard, Jr. (March 24, 2014)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A Muskegon man has been charged after a woman was dragged alongside a vehicle in a Meijer parking lot when her purse was stolen.

Arthur Sheard, Jr. was arraigned Monday on two counts of unarmed robbery and being a fourth-offense habitual offender.

The purse-snatching happened Thursday evening at the Meijer on Henry Street and W. Norton Avenue in Norton Shores.

The driver of this car is accused of stealing a woman's purse in the Meijer store parking lot in Norton Shores, March 20, 2014. (photo courtesy Norton Shores Police Department)
(Photo courtesy Norton Shores Police Department)

A suspect in a silver car pulled up behind a 59-year-old Norton Shores woman as she loaded groceries into her vehicle. The suspect grabbed the woman’s purse, which was still in her cart. She also reached for the purse and was dragged along as the man started to drive away. After several feet, she hit another vehicle parked a few spaces away and sustained serious head injuries. The suspect drove off.

The purse was returned to the victim’s home Friday by an unknown person.

Sheard, 44, was arrested Friday evening. He is also suspected in an unarmed robbery at a Shell gas station on Apple Avenue in Muskegon early Friday.

He is being held on two $500,000 bonds. He’s expected back in court on March 31.

Michigan State Police records show Sheard has a long criminal history in Kent and Ottawa counties dating back more than two decades:

  • In September 1993, he pleaded guilty to using a controlled substance and was sentenced to jail.
  • In 1994, he pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to jail again.
  • In 1996, he pleaded guilty to felony possession of a controlled substance and two counts of felony unarmed robbery, and was sentenced to between six months and 10 years in prison.
  • In 2000, he pleaded guilty to felony larceny from a person and sentenced to prison again.
  • In 2004, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor second-degree retail fraud and misdemeanor unlawful driving away of a vehicle and sentenced to a maximum of two years in jail.
  • He faced charges twice in 2007, when he pleaded guilty to another count of misdemeanor second-degree retail fraud and delivery/manufacturing of a controlled substance. In both cases, he was sentenced to jail — 366 days for the drug charge.
  • In 2008, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor embezzlement and was sent to jail again.
  • In December 2009, he pleaded guilty to felony uttering and publishing and sentenced to a year in prison.
  • In March 2010, he pleaded guilty to first-degree retail fraud and felony uttering and publishing, and sentenced to prison for between 15 months and 14 years in prison.

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