Thursday, April 26, 2018
Public safety

Tarpon Springs police want help finding suspect in purse-snatching attempt

TARPON SPRINGS — Police need help tracking down a man who tried to steal a woman's purse at the Tarpon Plaza shopping center.

The incident happened just before 6:30 p.m. Monday in front of Katz Restaurant & Playground.

According to police, a woman was walking with her daughter in the breezeway in front of the restaurant, when a man grabbed her purse. She fell to the ground and struggled with the man over the purse. The woman suffered minor injuries in the struggle, but was able to hold onto her purse. Her daughter ran to Dollar General for help.

Sgt. Ed Miller said he wasn't aware of similar incidents in that area recently, but authorities are concerned because a lot of families and young children dine at the restaurant.

The suspect is described as a white male about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds, with brown collar-length hair. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact the Tarpon Springs Police Department detective division at (727) 938-2849.

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