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Two teens arrested in connection with purse theft

8:35 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
Palatka Police Department
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PALATKA, Fla. -- Two juvenile suspects are under arrest in connection to a Friday evening robbery.

The incident occurred in a Winn-Dixie parking lot at about 5 p.m. Three suspects approached a 53-year-old woman, took her purse and ran from the scene.

According to a Palatka Police Department press release, the unidentified victim was not injured during the incident.

The witnesses at the scene caught the attention of Detective Mike Lassiter of the Palatka Police Department, who was off-duty. Lassiter pursued the suspects and was able to detain two of the suspects until other officers arrived.

Officer Brian Walsh assisted and conducted the investigation, and the victim's purse was found along with all her belongings.

The 15-years-old suspect is charged with Strong Arm Robbery and the 16-year-old boy is facing a charge of Strong Arm Robbery while armed. Both are being held by the Juvenile Justice Authorities.

PPD are still searching for a third suspect who is described as a heavy-built man wearing tan pants and a black hoodie.

The investigation is ongoing to identify the third suspect and additional charges are expected.

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