SPD investigating string of purse-snatch robberies

Ofc N. Briggs #1177

Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:15 p.m.

SPD requesting public assistance regarding multiple purse-snatch robbery incidents.

SPD is currently investigating three purse snatching/robbery incidents that have occurred this afternoon, 02-17-18, at various locations in the City. In the three incidents a silver Pontiac G6 vehicle drives next to a female victim as she walks in a parking lot, and an occupant of the vehicle grabs the victims purse. All three incidents have involved a physical struggle as the victim attempts to retain their property, and at least one victim fell to the ground and was nearly run over.

Current information is that the suspect vehicle is occupied by three white male suspects. The suspects appear to circle parking lots for several minutes prior to choosing a victim.

One incident occurred at the 6500 block of N Nevada St, another at the 9200 block of N Nevada St, and most recently at the 4900 block of S Regal. The incident locations have all been retail stores with large parking lots.

Anyone with information about the incidents or the suspects is asked to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

SPD is actively working to identify and apprehend the suspects.

SPD wants everyone to be safe, please be vigilant of your surroundings, park in lighted areas if possible, and report behavior that appears suspicious.

Incident numbers: 2018-20031336, 2018-20031284, 2018-20031289.