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Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for tips that help identify a man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse as his shocked companion looked on. 

The woman and her 45-year-old daughter were walking Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons grocery store, 3010 E. 57th Ave., when two teenage men walked out of the store toward them.

The teen in a dark hooded sweatshirt (pictured at right) grabbed the woman’s purse as she screamed, then ran westbound across Regal with the purse before jumping a fence in the Cedar Hollow Estates apartment complex, Crime Stoppers announced today.

The woman was not injured but lost cash, credit cards and keys to her car, home and business.

“The suspect’s companion stayed with the victim for a minute and appeared shocked at the robbery,” according to a news release. “He eventually walked into the apartment complex through the regular entrance.”

Surveillance photos show the robber and his friend leaving the store.

Anyone with information on either man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips online. Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the reward.

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