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Pot plants found in home of woman suspected in South Union purse snatching

| Thursday, June 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

One of the Fayette County sisters charged in connection with a purse snatching that left an 82-year-old woman with a broken hip faces a new set of charges for having potted marijuana plants in her residence, according to police.

Jenna Shay Boyd, 25, of 303 Easter St., North Union, is charged by state police at Uniontown with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

While investigating the March 22 purse snatching, police found eight potted marijuana plants in a bedroom of Boyd's home, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said they went to Boyd's mobile home in the Holiday Mobile Home Park after a trooper saw the vehicle used in the March 22 purse snatching outside the residence. As Boyd was taking a trooper through the home to search for her sister, Brittany Boyd, the officer saw the plants in a bedroom closet, police said.

In addition, police found a metal smoking pipe and marijuana in a plastic bag under a mattress, according to the complaint.

The sisters were previously accused of robbing Mary Margaret Yourchik of her purse on March 22.

Police said Brittany Boyd took the 82-year-old woman's purse as she pushed a shopping cart through the parking lot of the South Union Wal-Mart and shoved the alleged victim to the ground, breaking her hip.

The two sisters fled with three children in the back of their car, according to police.

Brittany Boyd is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, child endangerment, simple assault, theft and criminal conspiracy.

Jenna Boyd, who was seated in the car's front passenger seat at the time of the attack, is charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, child endangerment and unsworn falsification to authorities, according to a criminal complaint.

Jenna Boyd is free on $25,000 bond, but her sister remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. They face preliminary hearings before South Union District Judge Joseph George Jr.

Police filed the drug charges against Jenna Boyd with North Union District Judge Wendy Dennis.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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