Suspected purse snatcher run over while hiding under car

Suspected purse snatcher run over while hiding under car

HOUMA, LA (WVUE) - A purse snatcher didn't get far from the scene of the crime.

According to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office, a purse thief was run over by a car and dragged down the road after trying to hide under the vehicle during his escape.

TPSO received a call at approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 22 concerning a male suspect stole a woman's purse in the parking lot of the CVS Pharmacy on West Park Avenue. The victim, an adult female, reported that while loading her vehicle with items she purchased at the store, a male subject approached her and stole her purse. Witnesses told police that the suspect fled on a bicycle towards Monarch Drive.

About two hours later, detectives recovered the woman's purse after the suspect was hit by a car. Police say the thief was hiding under a vehicle in the area when the car's owner attempted to drive away, not knowing he was underneath.

The subject again fled the scene. His injuries are unknown at this time.

The sheriff's department reports it is in the process of obtaining video surveillance of the incident.

Anyone with information concerning this matter should contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-743-7433 or TPSO at 876-2500.

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