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Police Searching for Purse Snatcher

The theft occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. The victim was reportedly hurt when she tried to chase after the thief.

Cranston Police are looking for this man, who allegedly involved a theft of a purse from a woman at the Atwood Avenue Stop and Shop on Thursday.

Police said the theft occurred just before 2:30 p.m. The victim reportedly chased the suspect and was hurt during her pursuit of the fleeing thief.

The man is described as a heavyset individual with dark hair and a chin strap style beard. He had a white crew neck T-Shirt and was seen driving a blue SUV, possibly a Toyota RAV4.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cranston Police Det. Paul Bessette at 401-477-5096 or Det. Donald Bucci at 401-477-5141.

Andy De Simone July 15, 2012 at 07:24 AM
The report says nothing… she has a broken shoulder, a broken leg, 2 black and swollen eyes from where this punk punched her face in and a broken nose.
Joe Jones July 15, 2012 at 12:09 PM
? did this happen outside in the parking lot? Did anyone get the license plate? Geez people HELP!!!! Maybe since this has happened a few times CPD can park in S & S parking lot and do their paperwork there. I do see CPD parked in the "old" police station periodally. Just a suggestion. God bless the person who trys to steal my wife's pocketbook....he'll need the rescue squad for sure. Hope the victim gets better.
gertie July 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Great job on your INFORMATIVE article once again, NOT Mark!!!! Don't you think that mentioning the Victims Condition just might motivate the public to HELP or ANGER us enough to maybe keep our purses a bit closer to our body and NOT in the shopping cart? Work with this sad situation and help EVERYONE (except the criminal) to Protect and Report! Geez Mark (Reporter) just Report the news with SOME vital information, Please or do you Volunteer? Is that it??? Maybe??
Steven r July 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
As a male with no purse, I do not get why any woman needs a purse at all. If men can do with wallets in their front pocket(to prevent pick pocketing) why can't women? What the heck is inside one of those big bags, anyway? (Makeup and tissues?}
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 01:45 PM
The police did not release this information.
Mark Schieldrop (Editor) July 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
The victim's condition was not released by police. I can only report what the police release. Additionally, this came in on a Saturday and I am out of town until Sunday afternoon.
tvnutt July 15, 2012 at 06:50 PM
This makes a lot of sense. NOW I know why they have private security patrolling the parking lot. Notice this starting Friday.
john July 15, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Bottom line is that the people that make up Rhode island (the smallest but most destructive state in the country) need to wake up and realize that this state is quickly being taken over. Unfortunately there seems to be escalating violence growing and it is not just in providence. I have personally been told by a providence e.m.t. that gang violence is so high right now in this state that he advised me to "stay out of Providence." I have a feeling that these stories of selfish violence and crime will continue to get worse. There also seems to be steaming from drug addiction. Which is usually controlled by who?
Joe Jones July 16, 2012 at 03:29 AM
@tvnutt yes they have white vechicles with green lights there...security on site. Maybe S &S should hire the Cranston Police for a few details.
jp88 July 17, 2012 at 05:09 AM
Stop and Shop on Atwood Ave does not have private security. That is the Stop and Shop on Garfield Ave near the police station that has it for the plaza.
Jonathan Keith July 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM
The violence and theft is going to continue to get worse until unemployment rate is dropped. People are getting bored and worse desperate... We are the smallest state and should be able to turn our fiscal and job situation around quicker than any other state in the country... It is very sad to see that other places are starting to get back on track while we sit and wait for the sad bunch of elected officials to do something...

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