Report: Man snatches purse at Panera Bread Company

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 7, 2014 

Brennan Bates

Police arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday after he was accused of snatching a teen's purse at Panera Bread Company, according to a Columbus Police report and court testimony.

Brennan Bates was accused of grabbing the 17 year old's purse outside the 6301 Whitesville Road business at about 7:25 a.m. He faced charges of robbery by snatching, drugs not kept in original container, possession of drug related objects and possession of Schedule IV drugs during a Friday morning Recorder's Court hearing.

Witnesses chased Bates outside the store after he snatched the teen's purse, an officer told the court. During the chase, witnesses said Bates took the victim's wallet out of the purse and dropped the bag on the ground.

The officer told the court that after he was apprehended, Bates told police he took the purse because he needed money. The victim had $980 worth of goods and $120 worth of currency inside the purse at the time of the theft, according to a report.

After searching Bates, police found a single Clonazepam pill and a syringe.

During Friday's hearing, Bates' mother asked the court to mandate drug rehabilitation for her son. She said Bates had attended several drug rehabilitation programs in the past.

Judge Michael Cielinski said a higher court would have to decide whether Bates would go to rehab. His bond was set at $21,000.

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