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Purse-snatching suspect turns self in

A man who robbed a 71-year-old woman of her purse in a South Hill grocery store parking lot last week turned himself into police today, according to Crime Stoppers.

 Justin R. Meyer, 21, (right, allegedly) was booked into jail on one count of second-degree robbery after surrendering at the Spokane police front desk at the Public Safety Building Monday morning.

Surveillance cameras captured the robber's face, and the picture was widely disseminated as Crime Stoppers offered a reward for tips on his identity. More than 30 have come in since Wednesday.

"It’s unknown if the intense public scrutiny led Meyer to surrender," sheriff's Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release.

Police say Meyer stole a 71-year-old woman's purse Sunday about 1:15 p.m. in the west parking lot at Albertsons, 3010 E. 57th Ave.

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

Past coverage:

Sept. 22: Purse-snatching robber caught on tape

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