By Perry Schaible
WEST CHESTER TWP. - A Forest Park man is in custody after a botched day-care purse theft, to the relief of parents, police and child-care workers who've seen such thefts become a suburban crime trend.
Police officials, though, say it's too early to tell whether the arrest will make a significant difference in persistent thefts from child-care parking lots.
Last week, township police arrested Anthony Stallings, 33, after he was accused of taking a purse from a vehicle parked at the Childtime Learning Center on Smith Road.
Stallings was bound over to the grand jury Monday and remains in the Butler County Jail.
West Chester Police Sgt. Steve Oakes said after last week's arrest, police probably won't see similar thefts anytime soon.
"Usually what happens is if they get wind that an arrest is made, they may get a feeling that we're watching the day cares and stay away for awhile," Oakes said.
Lucinda Napier's purse was stolen recently from the Biederman Educational Center on Hauck Road in Sharonville.
It was taken from her front seat - she had left the passenger door unlocked - while Napier dropped off her son. She was in the building for no more than three minutes.
"I was real nervous when my purse was stolen," Napier said, because her Sharonville address was listed on documents in the purse.
She called West Chester police to see if her purse or contents had been recovered, but they had not. However, she said she feels relieved after the arrest.
Sharonville, Forest Park, Hamilton, and Fairfield and Liberty townships have experienced day-care thefts, but it's been a particular problem in West Chester.
A total of 14 similar theft reports were logged in the township in 2001 and 2002, seven each year, according to Mike Neuman, Township police crime analyst.
Reporter Jennifer Edwards contributed to this report.
Cincinnati remembers in solemn prayers, reflective moments
Schedule of local events
Updates on today's memorials across the country
Emotional impact of 9-11 blunts as world changes
PULFER: Still grieving? Blame the media
9-11 aftermath stays with Loveland man
How Greater Cincinnati marked the first anniversary
Profiles of area victims in the 2001 attacks
3-D graphic of plans for the World Trade Center site
Photos of the attacks on the World Trade Center
Photos of the attacks on the Pentagon
Photos of Flight 73
Special multimedia coverage from Gannett News Service
SPECIAL REPORT: VOLUNTEERISM SINCE 9-11
Strong at first, volunteer spirit has waned
Here's how to get involved
Profiles of local volunteers:
16-year-old helps kids get the chance to dance
Dad impresses by going fishing
Arthritis can't keep her from job
Helping others helps heal
Math tutor gets lesson
When disaster hits, he responds
Mentors ease the teen years
Variety is the spice of giving
EDITORIALS ON 9-11
Two years later, we must not forget
Other voices on the lessons of 9/11
IN THE TRISTATE
Drug suspect a wholesaler, police say
Morgue photographer's appeal refused
Kroger gets its garage, but not before debate
Developer tells plan for mixed complex
ODOT asks $155M for I-75
City rejects $20M condo project in E. Price Hill
1-dose tumor center opens
West End to get new YMCA
Amos: 2-year steppingstone to college lost in UC shuffle
Howard: Good Things Happening
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Kings waits to broach tax hike
Monthly Chamber lunch like honey for candidates
Wastewater requests have some crying foul
Monroe Police Chief Howard sidelined by heart problems
Oxford half-marathon already draws hundreds
Suspect arrested in day-care purse snatching
'New' Harrison celebrates arts
Other riverfest has a lot to offer
Sewer overflows spout in Warren Co.
Officials at odds over cost of renovating court center
Coach helped soccer get a start
Billie Garnett, St. Henry mainstay
Woman charged in death of alleged abductor
Independence ex-councilman on probation
Florence official who stole sued
Boone school board member running for state House seat
Illness strikes N.Ky. schools
Park's reputation undergoing change