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Drive-By Purse-Snatching Reported at Dearborn Kroger

The following information was supplied by the Dearborn Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A woman's purse was snatched off of her shoulder in a drive-by theft at Kroger on Friday, according to Dearborn Police reports.

The woman, a resident of Belleville, was walking from her car up to the Kroger store at 23303 Michigan Ave. on Friday just after 5 p.m. when she noticed that a car was driving very slowly behind her, even though it had enough room to pass by.

According to the police report, as she neared the crosswalk heading up to the west entrance doors of the store, the passenger in the car flung his door open, hitting her in the leg. After a brief struggle, the man managed to wrestle the purse away from her by pushing her. She let out a scream, which several passers by heard.

The car drove off east on Michigan Avenue.

Two witnesses and the woman all identified the car to police as a silver, four-door car—possibly a '90s-model Ford Taurus. The woman was able to get the vehicle's plate number, which police traced back to a resident of Lincoln Park. Upon contacting the owner, she told police that she had reported the vehicle as stolen at around 5 p.m. that day.

The suspects—a driver and the passenger who took the purse—were described as black males, both around the age of 20 and both wearing hats. The passenger was wearing beige clothing.

The woman was not injured, but the purse stolen contained $50 cash, bank and credit cards, her iPhone 4, and her license.

For questions on this crime report, email dearborn@patch.com.

Marium Wilke February 13, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Great work from the lady that was robbed and the Dearborn police....This is what i am talking about..... by being aware of your space...I am glad to hear they had good information to follow up on..Thanks to the women and the witnesses the police had some good ID..and a good Lic.Plate...See we are the eyes for the police and for our city Dearborn! Thank You Great Job!
ejk February 14, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Description: Surprise...Surprise !!!

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