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Three off to prison for purse-snatching that injured woman

Chuck Biedka
| Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009

Three people have been sentenced to prison for injuring an elderly woman while trying to steal her purse in Allegheny Township last year.

Scott E. Caveglia, 22, of 157 Ray Road, Leechburg, pleaded guilty to robbery, criminal conspiracy and criminal attempt. A Westmoreland County judge sentenced him to serve 2 1/2 to five years in jail, followed by probation for five years.

Donald Joseph Truffa, 22, of 1863 Dime Road, Parks, also pleaded guilty to robbery and criminal conspiracy.

He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail to be followed by probation for two years.

Sadie Jean Klingensmith, 21, of 321 Lynn Lane, West Leechburg, pleaded guilty to robbery and criminal conspiracy. She was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in jail to be followed by probation for two years.

Police said Truffa and Klingensmith were waiting in a get-away car while Caveglia tried to take a purse from a 79-year-old woman in the Giant Eagle parking lot in Allegheny Towne Center at about 12:20 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2008.

Caveglia was not able to get the purse, and was caught and held by a group of bystanders near S&T Bank. The woman suffered wounds to her forehead and right hand.

Caveglia told police he needed money to buy heroin, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said another woman's purse was taken from the same parking lot on Oct. 5, 2008.

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