Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 9, 2013

Woman smacks would-be purse snatcher

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A Cumberland County woman took matters into her own hands and thwarted a would-be purse snatcher by smacking him, causing him to flee the scene. The victim was not injured in the incident.

The man escaped, but Crossville Police believe they have a good suspect — a local man now living in Columbia, TN — who has a record for stealing and snatching purses, according to reports and records.

Police were called to Kroger in Highland Square Shopping Center Wednesday and met with Rosemarie Cox, 67, who was shopping in the grocery store when she turned away from her purse that she had left in a shopping cart.

When she turned back around, she observed a man with long hair, brown jacket and blue jeans with a hole in the knee standing beside her cart with his hands on her purse. "Mrs. Cox stated she did not know the male and when she realized what the male was attempting, she started smacking him with a rolled up pack of papers that she was carrying," Ptl. Dustin Lester wrote in his report.

The shopper went to the front of the store to alert store officials and observed the man run past her and out the door. The suspect fled in a green Nissan occupied by a female driver and a man known locally to police. Although the tag number on the getaway car was not registered to the vehicle, it did belong to the suspect in the case.

Investigation is continuing with police on the lookout for the suspect.