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June 20. 2013 11:12PM

Alleged lookout indicted in Portsmouth purse snatching


KONCHECK, left, and ROY 

BRENTWOOD — The alleged lookout for a woman convicted of robbing a shopper at Market Basket in Portsmouth has been indicted as an accomplice.

Kyle Roy, 25, of Portsmouth was indicted by a grand jury on the accomplice to robbery charge a week after his girlfriend, Julia Marie Koncheck, 22, pleaded guilty to felony robbery.

She began serving a 1- to 3-year state prison sentence for snatching the woman’s Fendi purse on Feb. 19.

The duo allegedly went into the Market Basket on Woodbury Avenue looking for a shopper to steal from, prosecutors said.

Store surveillance cameras recorded the theft. The footage shows a man and woman who police say were working together to target a shopper.

The couple was recorded fleeing the store shortly after the robbery. Roy has been jailed since he and Koncheck were arrested shortly after the robbery.

Roy’s defense lawyer, Brian Lavallee, has been arguing in court that there’s scant evidence to support the charge against his client.

Konchek has since admitted that she snatched a woman’s purse inside the Woodbury Avenue store on Feb. 19. But it’s unclear whether she would be used as a witness if Roy decides to go to trial.

As part of her sentence, she will have to pay $525 in restitution to the victim and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling, according to prosecutors.

She had spent 111 days behind bars prior to her plea, which will count toward her state prison sentence.

Roy faces up to 3½ to 7 years in prison on the accomplice to robbery charge if he is convicted by a jury.

Roy is being held at the Rockingham County jail on $10,000 cash bail.

Judge Marguerite Wageling rejected a request to lower his bail after a hearing on May 20.

jkimble@newstote.com


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