Monday, December 11, 2017
Public safety

Hernando deputies say panhandler tried to steal woman's purse

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man was arrested Monday after he was accused of attempting to steal a woman's purse.

David Bales, 49, of 7410 Grove Road was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. His bail was set at $5,000.

The woman had pulled off on a service road near Cortez Boulevard and Barclay Avenue about 6 p.m. Monday. As she stepped out of her car, authorities say, Bales pulled his vehicle up behind the woman, approached her and asked for money.

When she refused, reports say he unsuccessfully tried to steal her purse and then fled.

At least three other times, investigators say, authorities believe Bales has tried to lure women to the back of his van. Anyone else whom Bales has approached as he was panhandling has been asked to call the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830.

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