Crime

Woman in her mid-70s knocked down, robbed of her purse, police say

Gulfport police say this woman, shown inside the Super Wal-Mart, and a man are sought in a robbery outside the store on Tuesday.
Gulfport police say this woman, shown inside the Super Wal-Mart, and a man are sought in a robbery outside the store on Tuesday.

Police have released pictures of a man and woman suspected in a purse-snatching reported in the area of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on U.S. 49.

Surveillance cameras took pictures of the woman in the store and the man in a pickup truck.

The pair were seen last seen in a gray Ford F-150 extended-cab pickup truck heading west toward U.S. 49, Bromen said.

The victim, a woman in her mid-70s, had walked to her car with her purchases and was about to get in and leave, police Sgt. Josh Bromen said.

She told police a stranger shoved her down and stole her purse, he said. They left her purchases behind.

Police were called about 4:45 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898.

It’s been a while since the city has received a report of a purse-snatching, Bromen said.

“It can happen anywhere. We tell women to secure their purses but if someone wants to steal your purse, they’re going to steal your purse,” he said.

“In the end, it’s only stuff. It’s not worth losing your life over. If they want it, let them have it.”

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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