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Attempted purse snatching at the TCM


Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, March 7 at about 8:10 in the evening, Boca Raton Police officers responded to an attempted purse snatching in the parking lot of the Town Center Mall, 6000 West Glades Road.


The victim, a 76 year old female, told officers she had just finished eating at the Grand Lux Café and was walking to her car.  As she approached her car, she noticed a male who was walking past, staring at her.  The victim was about to open her car door when she noticed the male was standing behind her.  She turned to face the suspect and saw he had put on a ski mask.  The suspect tried to grab her purse, but she held it tightly to her chest, refusing to let it go.  The suspect told her to get into her car, but she refused and turned away.  The victim took her cell phone out of her pocket and pretended to make a phone call, saying, “Call the police, call the police.”  At this point, the suspect walked away without the purse and got into a dark colored sedan parked several spaces away.  The suspect drove away.


The victim was not injured.  If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Jeff Clare at (561) 338-1246 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspects:          White male, 20 to 30 years old

                           5’5” tall, medium build

                           Wearing dark clothing, blue ski mask