Purse Snatching, Car Theft, Counterfeiting Top Police Reports

Purse Snatching, Car Theft, Counterfeiting Top Police Reports

Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen checked in this week with the local police department. She talked with one of the sergeants about recent incidents. Here's her report.


Sheridan police were kept busy over the weekend. Calls included a purse snatching, car theft and passing of a counterfeit bill. We checked in with Sgt. Travis Koltiska for the details.

He said the purse was snatched Sunday afternoon from a woman’s shopping cart as she left the Walmart store. Some people nearby chased after the man who grabbed it, but he ran to a car, got in and was driven away. He was found, along with his accomplice, by an officer acting on witness reports.

He said the man was identified as 25-year-old Ryan Merchlewitz of Houston, Minnesota. He was arrested for theft and interference for giving police a false name. His accomplice was identified as 20-year-old Rebecca Hershberger, also from Minnesota. She was arrested for accessory after the fact, for assisting him.

The vehicle was stolen as what appears to be an afterthought. The sergeant said a man took off in a vehicle that wasn’t his when he attempted to leave the scene of a crash. The sergeant gave us the details as he read the report.

That altercation happened Saturday night, around 8:30, on Sugarland Drive near the strip mall, off Coffeen Avenue. The suspect arrested was 29-year-old Douglas Limberhand of Busby, Montana. Along with hit and run, he was charged with drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The counterfeit bill was the most unsophisticated copy the sergeant’s ever seen. In fact, when asked about it, he chuckled at the rudimentary try at counterfeiting.

Police were notified about the theft on Saturday morning, just before 9 o’clock.

During the weekend wrap, the sergeant also said his department is investigating a scam that bilked some local residents out of cash.

He said he may have more details to release after talking with the victims.

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