Police: Man Snatches Purse From Elderly Woman In Motorized Cart

AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – Police are searching for a purse snatcher who victimized an 68-year-old Pontiac woman in a Meijer parking lot.

Police say the incident happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday at the Meijer store on Brown Road, near Joslyn Road and I-75 in Auburn Hills.

According to police, the woman was riding a motorized shopping cart with her husband at her side when the suspect approached them in the parking lot.

The suspect told the couple he was from out-of-state and began asking for directions when he suddenly reached into the front basket of the motorized cart and grabbed the victim’s purse, police said.

The suspect then ran to his car with the victim’s husband chasing after him. The victim also attempted to get out of her shopping cart to chase after the man, but fell to the ground and sustained minor injuries.

The suspect fled the scene at a high rate of speed in a silver SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid 20’s, 5-foot 9-inches, 180 lbs, thin build with a mustache and goatee. At the time, he was wearing a blue colored shirt and dark blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the suspect, his vehicle or the incident is asked to contact police at 248-370-9444 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.


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