Purse snatchers aim for east-side stores

December 9, 2009

Metro police are investigating several recent purse snatchings near stores on East Washington Street near Washington Square Mall. Investigators are looking for several people, including one who wore a SpongeBob SquarePants jacket. He recently targeted a children's store employee, demanding her purse and the store's bank deposit. Police say he had a getaway car and driver. A similar incident was reported minutes later at the Cherry Tree Shopping Center. Now shoppers and store owners say they're keeping better watch of their money and their surroundings.

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