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Police: Spring Hill 15-year-old snatches purse for candy money

Hernando Today Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:07 AM

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SPRING HILL -

Four witnesses saw a 15-year-old male steal a woman's purse Monday night outside a Spring Hill Save-A-Lot, according to a sheriff's office media release.

The youth, whose name is not printed because of his age, later told a sheriff's deputy he stole the purse to get money to buy candy.

The victim said that shortly after 8 p.m. her purse was grabbed by the thief near the Save-A-Lot at 7351 Spring Hill Drive. According to woman, she was knocked to the ground after she tried to pull the bag back into her possession.

She later identified the male, whom she said pulled the purse hard enough to break the strap, and started running once the purse was his.

She had a small scrape on her knee, according to the report.

Responding deputies spoke with four witnesses who each said they saw the 15-year-old running with the purse; two witnesses chased, caught and restrained him until the law enforcement arrived.

The youth's mother allowed law enforcement to interview her son, who said "Yes I did it, it was stupid of me. I snatched the purse and I am sorry."

The thief later said he stole the purse for money to buy candy. Deputies arrested him on one charge of robbery sudden snatching, which is a felony.

The youth was transported to the Hernando County Jail, and was later released to the custody of his parents under the condition of house arrest.

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