Purse snatching leaves woman shaken

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Mobile Police are looking for a man who stole a woman’s purse. The robbery occurred Monday afternoon in broad daylight.

Mobile Police said the robbery happened on Park Street. A woman was at her mailbox upon returning home when a young, black male approached her and stole her purse. Inside the purse, credit cards, checks, cell phone, and car keys.

“He said: “How you doing?” I said: “Fine, thank you.” And he said: “Well, can I help you get your things in?” I said: “No, but it’s kind of you to ask,” the victim said.

It was at that very moment, the victim said a young male grabbed her purse from her shoulder and ran off with all her personal items.

“Everything…had everything in my purse. My wallet, checkbook, credit cards,” said the victim.

Folks who live in the area say it is a quiet neighborhood with not much going on. The victim was caught off guard when the young man, who was well mannered, approached her.

“It’s real quiet back here. Children play. What was surprising to me was that the guy was very young, very mannerable, well dressed. And I guess I took that for granted. I assumed he was a decent person,” she said.

But the victim did not just call 911 when the low-life stole her purse. She took matters into her own hands.

“My instinct was to run and get my purse. So when I ran around the corner I was screaming and hollering for help. Eventually the neighbor at the end of the street heard me and came out,” she said.

“God love her. She came running after him. Because she lives a couple houses down that way. I tried to calm her down and told her come on in and called the police. That’s when she came on in and called the police and actually they responded very quickly. We had three cars over here. We’ve been at this house for 43 years and never had anything like that,” said Sherry Green, the victim’s neighbor.

“A thief is a thief. It makes you feel like you need to stay armed or in an angry mode all the time. It’s just sad that we’ve succumbed to this…stealing for our habits and things. It’s not worth it. It really isn’t worth it,” said the victim.

Mobile Police have not made an arrest in the case yet. Officer Terence Perkins with the Mobile Police Department told FOX10 News to be mindful of surroundings no matter where you might be. These types of robberies typically occur at the mall or store. Also, if you are attacked, call 911 and do not follow the suspect.

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