Police: couple charged in purse-snatch, fraud

Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith
Kimberly Dimaria-Smith
Kimberly Dimaria-Smith

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — A couple has been charged in connection with a purse-snatching and check theft July 23.

Joseph Smith, 29, of Kaynor Drive, Waterbury, is charged third-degree assault on an elderly person. His wife, Kimberly Dimaria-Smith, 26, of Kaynor Drive, is charged with four counts of identity theft; four counts of criminal impersonation; four counts of third-degree forgery; and four counts of sixth-degree larceny.

Police said Smith was first detained by Naugatuck police and brought to Waterbury Superior Court Friday, where he was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree robbery; second-degree larceny; credit card theft; two counts of illegal use of credit card; second-degree breach of the peace; and four counts each of conspiracy to commit identity theft, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, conspriacy to commit third-degree forgery and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny.

Police said Smith pushed the senior and grabbed her purse. The two were later caught on tape using the senior’s checks,police said.

Dimaria-Smith’s bond was set at $100,000 and Smith’s at $200,000, for court appearances.

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