New Bedford Police search for purse snatcher

By Jennifer Petracca

On Sunday afternoon around 4:30 PM, a purse was snatched from a New Bedford woman while walking in a shopping plaza located at Nauset St. and Mt. Pleasant St.

The 76-year-old woman was not harmed when the suspect walked up behind her and grabbed the purse.

Bystanders chased the suspect, a light-skinned male with tattoos, through baseball fields but eventually lost sight of him.

The man discarded the purse but took the wallet containing a debit card and person identification.

He was last seen wearing tan shorts and a black shirt.

Detectives are looking for any video surveillance from area businesses that may have captured the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Tyrone Jones at (508) 991-6300.

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