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Sheriff's Office Searches For Purse Snatcher

Woman was robbed Monday night outside of a restaurant on Bee Ridge Road when a man pushed her down and ran away with her purse.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is looking for a strong arm robbery suspect who snatched a woman's purse outside a Bee Ridge Road restaurant Monday.

The sheriff's office released security video footage Thursday of the man who is shown loitering at a neighboring laundromat until the restaurant had closed.

The woman walked to her vehicle before 10 p.m. outside of the restaurant, in the 3500 block of Bee Ridge Road, when a male suspect snuck up behind her, pushed her down, grabbed the purse and fled, according to the sheriff's office.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 180 pounds with brown hair. He had a crew cut, tattoos on both calves and was wearing a Hollister shirt. 

Anyone with information about the suspect or robbery is asked to call Criminal Investigations at 941-861-4900 or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), or online atwww.sarasotacrimestoppers.com or via text message by texting TIP109 plus a message to CRIMES (274637).

Sandi Suddaby December 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
In this age of superior electronics, why no security cameras pointing up - looking from overhead leaves a lot to be desired in identifying suspects.

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