Woman's purse snatched out of shopping cart near Wal-Mart

Man runs up from behind, grabs purse, flees with 3 others in waiting car

A woman pushing a shopping cart Sunday near Wal-Mart had her purse snatched, according to police.

The 77-year-old woman was approached from behind by a young man who ran up to her grabbed the purse from the cart and took off in a car, according to Lt. Tom Fenner of the Pleasanton Police Department.

"She was using the cart to assist her in getting to the bus stop," Sgt. Jim Knox said. She was not injured.

The incident occurred at 4:14 p.m. in the parking lot near Red Robin restaurant on Owens Drive near Rosewood Drive.

Witness reports detail the getaway car as a black, four-door sedan, possibly a Pontiac Grand-Am, and containing three white males and a white female. The suspect is described as white and between 18 and 25 years old.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 931-5100.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 1, 2009 at 9:03 am

Where's "allegedly" in this story? Not a kid so we trust her I guess.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:42 pm

There is always an increase in crime during the holidays. Travel in groups, leave your valuables at home, don't stuff your car trunks with gifts and then return to shop until you drop. Try to keep your wallet and purse out of sight, use a money belt. It can't hurt and it might help. Even leave your wedding rings at home.

Whenever I see a post by T.H. I say to myself, CONSIDER THE SOURCE!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 1, 2009 at 12:50 pm

I keep this posted in my kitchen: Web Link

You can find these safety tips on the PPD web page.

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Posted by onknown
a resident of Del Prado
on Dec 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm


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Posted by ptr
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 1, 2009 at 6:00 pm

WOW Cholo you had a nice thing to say, finally.. I'm impressed with your response. Please don't get a big head!!!

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Posted by birdie
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Dec 2, 2009 at 8:59 am

You need to be extra careful during the Holidays. I have a friend who was in a dressing room at JCP and she notice that someone had started pulling her purse strap to the next stall. When she grabbed the strap there was a struggle but she did win and got her purse back. Also I had another friend who was walking in the mall parking lot (about 4 years ago) and a car came up along side her grabbed her purse off her shoulder. She did fight back but the attacker had scissors and cut the strap off than drove away. Just always be looking around when you walk out to a parking area. Also have your car keys ready to go and if you see someone strange approaching hit your car alarm, Also hold one of your car keys in between two fingers this will create a knife effect.

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Posted by onthelookout
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Dec 2, 2009 at 9:23 am

Ever get in your car then notice a flyer on your windshield? You get back out to remove it, right? DON'T!! Stay in the car, lock the door, and drive away. I've heard about situations where the flyer was put on the windshield to lure the driver back out of the car, then the driver is attacked by the person who left the flyer, who is lurking nearby. Just remove the flyer later, in a safe place.

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Posted by Michael Leonard
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Dec 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Michael Leonard is a registered user.

The "elderly woman" in this story is the victim. The term "allegedly" is used in reference to possible perpetrators to avoid violating the principal of innocent until proven guilty in news stories so as not to invite libel lawsuits against newspapers by people who are later found to be innocent. I hope this explains it.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:27 pm

"Teens allegedly robbed at gunpoint"
"Elderly woman's allegedly had purse snatched"
Victim - allegedly - crime commited. If the teen story would have named suspect it would be diffrent. It was allegedly this crime happened, not allegedly Joe Blow held someone at gun point.

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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I think the original poster was commenting that the word "allegedly" was not included in the article.
Thanks all for the good tips and relaying experiences to remind us how we should be careful.
I also read somewhere that if your car remote door opener has an alarm button, you should press that if you are near your vehicle and think you're in at least gets others to look in your direction.

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Posted by T.H.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

With the elderly woman the PW states the crime the victim claimed happened really happened, in the teen story it allegedly happened. Why? Broken jaw not enough evidence? It's easier to lose a purse and claim it was stolen then snap your jaw.

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Posted by Joe Blow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Why does everyone always blame me?

I think T.H. did it!

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