Purse snatching victim runs down thief, recovers stolen items

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Purse snatching victim runs down thief, recovers stolen items
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A victim of a purse snatching at the Mineola train station chased down the would-be thief, cornered him and recovered her purse early Tuesday evening, Nassau County Police reported.

Third Squad detectives said that a 32-year-old female was seated on a bench on the north side of the Long Island Rail Road station in Mineola at 6 p.m. on Dec. 21 when a Hispanic male ran past her and snatched her purse.

When the victim chased the subject and grabbed him, the suspect shoved her to the ground, causing her to fall to her hand and knees and suffer minor abrasions – but she didn’t give up the chase.

The victim got up and chased down the suspect, cornering him in an alley behind 80 Main Street.

She grabbed him and shoved him against a car, prompting him to wiggle out of his jacket and flee, leaving her purse and his jacket behind.

Police said the victim did not require immediate medical attention. 

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