Purse snatching investigation continues

Police are following leads in two purse snatching incidents Friday afternoon at The Lakes Mall and at the Walmart store on Sherman Boulevard in Muskegon.
Becky Vargo
Mar 5, 2012


No arrests have been made and no further incidents have been reported, said Detective Sgt. Bruce Morningstar of the Fruitport Township Police Department.

Anyone with information that could help police should call the Fruitport Township Police Department at 231-865-8477.

Police still believe the two incidents may have been committed by the same person, but no further information regarding a suspect is being released, Morningstar said this morning.

The first purse snatching was reported at 1:30 p.m. Friday outside The Lakes Mall food court. Minutes later, the second purse was snatched from a shopping cart outside Walmart.

Morningstar said this type of incident goes in spurts.

“It’s not something we respond to every day,” he said.

Still, he said, people need to be aware that it can happen and should take precautions.

There are a lot of issues to deal with when your purse is stolen, he said. It’s not just identity theft.

“They now have your address, your keys and your credit cards,” he said.

Morningstar said people can minimize their losses by carrying fewer things in their purses and wallets.

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