Another Purse Snatching At Grossmont Center

GROSSMONT CENTER -- La Mesa police are looking for a man who leaned out of a moving car, grabbed a woman's purse and dragged the mother of two before she was able to release the purse from her arm.
Police said the theft, the third purse snatching around Grossmont Center in recent weeks, occurred on the center's southside near Fudrucker's and Olive Garden at about 6:30 p.m. 
Police cruisers raced to the scene (shown above in file photo) and a Sheriff's helicopter was flying overhead looking for the tan Saturn two-door vehicle carrying two men. No one was was found and arrested in this case.

The victim was transported to the hospital with a wrist injury. The loss was the victim’s purse that contained her cell phone and keys.

Suspect #1 was described as a black male adult, 18-20 years old with short hair. The victim was unable to provide a clothing description.

Suspect #2 was described as a black male adult 18-20 years old and was the driver of the suspect vehicle.

The investigation in continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the La Mesa Police Department at (619) 667-1400.

You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

This is the third recent purse snatching around Grossmont and the second time the robbers leaned out of a moving car and grabbed a purse being carried by a woman walking in a parking lot.


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Comment by Stephanie Murphy on November 5, 2012 at 9:05pm

Scary!  I was in that area 45 minutes before, having just had my nails done at the center.  I sure hope that Grossmont Center increases security and lighting on that side - perhaps add cameras?  The walk from Macy's to my car by Hooley's was too dark for comfort.  This type of crime leading up to the holiday season is not going to be good for business at the mall.

Comment by Lisa Moore on November 5, 2012 at 8:06pm

Now this is very disturbing! Same method of robbery, same description of car and robbers as the other incidents.  Maybe it's time to somehow warn shoppers by possibly having the stores/restaurants had out fliers warning their customers be careful with their purses and how they carry them.  Also stepping up security at Grossmont Center may be needed.  

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