Macon man pleads guilty to snatching purse outside Rookery

A 22-year-old Macon man pleaded guilty Tuesday to snatching a woman’s purse outside the Rookery in downtown Macon in February.

Terrance Lamont James was sentenced to serve eight years in prison that will be followed by seven on probation, said Nancy Scott Malcor, Bibb County chief assistant district attorney.

A second man, 22-year-old Shamond Rayson Rozier, also pleaded guilty to robbery by snatching in August and received the same sentence, Malcor said.

A woman and her husband were eating in the Rookery’s outside dining area on Cherry Street at about 7 p.m. Feb. 16 when two men asked for a cigarette lighter. The couple told the men they didn’t have one.

The men returned later and stole the woman’s purse before running to a white Buick Roadmaster.

While on the way home, the woman’s husband spotted the car and alerted police to its location and tag number, Malcor said.

Deputies stopped the car on Charter Lane at Rivoli Drive. James and Rozier were arrested.

Malcor said deputies found the woman’s cellphone and other belongings in the car.

Had James’ case gone to trial, the prosecution would have presented evidence that James called friends from the Bibb County jail in the days after the robbery. During the calls, he laughed and blamed the robbery on his being intoxicated, Malcor said.

During Tuesday’s hearing in Bibb County Superior Court, Malcor told the judge James pleaded guilty to another crime while he was awaiting trial in the purse snatching case. Court records show James was sentenced to five years on probation in connection with a 2013 burglary at a Vine Ingle Little League concession stand.

“He’s been convicted now of stealing from women and children,” Malcor said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.