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Tampa police seek public's help identifying purse snatching suspect

TAMPA — Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a man who snatched a woman's purse as she was walking out of a liquor store on Nebraska Avenue.

The woman was walking to her car just before 11 p.m. Saturday after making a purchase at Alpine Liquors at 7501 N Nebraska Ave., police said. The man ran up behind her and grabbed her purse. The two struggled for a moment before the man was able to snatch the purse and run away.

A store employee chased the man, but soon lost sight of him, police said. Detectives think the man is homeless and lives in the area near the store.

Police posted a surveillance video to YouTube, taken just before the robbery, showing the man making a purchase inside the store.

Anyone with information about the man's identity was asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.

Tampa police seek public's help identifying purse snatching suspect 01/29/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 5:05pm]

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