Alleged SFO purse robber heads to trial 

Security camera footage at San Francisco International Airport foiled an attempt to steal $3,000 and landed a 39-year-old woman in court today to face charges for the 2009 incident.

The defendant, Charne Letrice Zackery, was arrested Dec. 10 after airport police allegedly found her with the contents of a purse that was reported lost moments earlier.

According to San Mateo Superior Court documents, Zackery was waiting in the security line at the airport behind another woman, who mistakenly left her purse in a gray bin after passing through the airport’s metal detector.

The woman quickly realized that her purse, containing $3,000, was not among her belongings. She alerted airport police and the officers began to review security footage of the area.

In the camera footage, Zackery is allegedly seen taking the purse and walking into a bathroom. Airport police tracked her down to question her, but Zackery was uncooperative, according to court documents.

After further inspection, police found $400 in Zackery’s duffel bag and the remaining $2,600 in her purse. She was subsequently arrested on robbery charges.

Because Zackery was convicted of robbery in a previous case in 1992, she has been held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A jury trial is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. today at the San Mateo Superior Courthouse.

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