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MPD: Purse Snatcher Preying on Elderly Women
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) Mobile Police said two men have been targeting older women for their purses. Police arrested one man, but are still on the search for another suspect.
Mobile Police said it happened twice in the month of October at the Walmart on Schillinger.
"They're looking for elderly women that they can get their purses away from them without a fight," said MPD Spokesperson Seargent Chris Levy.
Roland A. Howard Jr., 41, was arrested and charged with theft of property first and second degree. Police are still searching for the second suspect, 24-year-old Scott Jason Boyette.
Levy said, "In both of these cases, he went to the Walmart on Schillinger road. They had a 72 year old female and a 66 year old female."
Police said the men would prey on unsuspecting women loading up their car with groceries.
"They would go buy and snatch the pruse from them, hop in the car, and take off," said Seargent Levy.
When Local 15 News asked Howard why he participated in such acts, he responded, "I didn't. I was just the driver. Someone else did."
Police said this is not Howard's first run in with the law. Police said he just got out of jail.
"He was sentenced 10 years. He served two but for doing the exact same thing for doing a purse snatching," said Levy.
Police said they captured Howard at the Greater Gulf State Fair.
If you have any information regarding Scott Boyette's whereabouts, you're asked to call Mobile Police.