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Woman robbed at her home after shopping at Publix

Boca Raton, FL – On Wednesday, September 7 at 7:55 p.m., Boca Raton Police officers responded to a report of a robbery that occurred in the 1000 block of SW 12th Road.

The victim, Lillian Martinez, told officers she had just returned home from shopping at Publix, 1001 South Federal Highway and pulled her car into the garage. Martinez said that she was getting out of her car when a male approached her and grabbed her purse. Martinez told officers the suspect refused to let go of the purse and they struggled until the purse strap broke. The suspect ran out of the garage with the purse. The victim was not injured during the struggle.

A neighbor witnessed the suspect get out of a dark, older model car, possibly a Toyota, which seemed to have followed the victim. The suspect ran into the garage and a short time later, the witness saw the suspect run from the garage, carrying an object in his hand. The suspect ran west on SW 10th Street then south on SW 13th Avenue where the witness lost sight of him.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to call Detective Ron Mello at (561) 620-6186 or Palm Beach County Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.

Suspect:                                          Suspect vehicle:

Black male, in his 30’s, short afro       Dark, older model 2-door
Appx 6’0” tall, 175 pounds                 possibly a Toyota
Wearing long, black shorts
And a baggy black t-shirt