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Woman accused of North Spokane purse robbery

A woman faces several charges for allegedly robbing another woman of her purse and selling its contents to buy drugs.

Spokane police say 23-year-old Natalie Houle robbed a woman in a parking garage near the Department of Social and Health Services office at 1313 N. Atlantic Street on Monday morning.

The victim told police she was parking her car at 6:15 a.m. when Houle approached her and asked for directions. Houle allegedly began calling the victim names before snatching the victim’s purse, causing the victim to fall to the ground.

About 10:22 p.m. Monday night, a Spokane police officer saw someone driving with the headlights off near Third Avenue and Fiske Street and stopped the car. Police say Houle was driving with a suspended license and had a warrant for her arrest. Upon further investigation, the officer found the robbery victim’s credit cards and identification.

Houle is accused of pawning the victim’s iPod, using her debit card at a local grocery store and to fill her car up with gas, and selling several gift cards, police say.

Police say she admitted to using the money to buy drugs.

Houle faces second-degree robbery, first-degree trafficking in stolen property and second-degree identity theft.