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Purse Snatcher Caught after Pretending to Find and Return it at Crime Scene

Jared Crook, 26, allegedly dragged a woman with his car after stealing her purse. He pretended to be a good samaritan a short time later to return to purse, minus the $20 inside of it.

Police have made an arrest in the purse snatching last week at the Atwood Avenue Stop and Shop that left the victim bloodied, bruised and suffering from broken bones after she was dragged by the suspect's car.

Cranston Police said they charged Jared Crook, 26, of 16 Fairway Drive, with felony assault and larceny.  He is being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions as a bail violator on a different charge. On the new charges, he is being held on $10,000 surety bail.

Police said the theft occurred just before 2:30 p.m. last Thursday. The victim reportedly chased the suspect and was hurt during her pursuit of the fleeing thief when she was dragged by Crook as he drove away from the scene. She suffered a broken arm, sprained ankle, black eye, cuts and bruises and road rash.

Shortly after the theft, police said, Crook walked back into the store and went to he service desk at Stop and Shop in an effort to return to purse, claiming that he found it. Crook allegedly decided to keep the $20 inside of it before handing it over the counter.

Store surveillance cameras captured Crook's image when he walked back into the store, which gave police the opportunity to distribute the image to local media, including Cranston Patch.

Crook was captured on Sunday.

The incident prompted some residents to call for added security in the parking lot. Friends and family members of the victim expressed outrage at Crook's actions.

Melanie Scalera July 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
What a "Crook!" Wow, sometimes the last name can perfectly fit a person.

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