A suspect tried to grab a woman's purse Monday afternoon outside the South Columbus Branch Library, reports state.
The attempted robbery happened about 5:45 p.m. outside the 2034 S. Lumpkin Road library, police said. The suspect tried to grab a 41-year-old woman's purse, though he failed and fled the area.
The woman was not injured, police said. The suspect is a 14- to 18-year-old black male, 5-foot-7 and 130 pounds. He wore jean shorts and a black shirt and had a book bag, reports state.
A little more than a week ago, two women allegedly made off with a purse at a grocery store.
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A bell pepper tumbling from her buggy distracted a shopper just long enough for two thieves to snatch her purse Sept. 17 at the Save-A-Lot grocery store on Hamilton Road.
Columbus police and Crime Stoppers are asking the public to review a photo and video of the theft suspects and call 706-653-3188 to identify them. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
Police say the theft happened about 6:45 p.m. that Monday at the 4217 Hamilton Road store. When the shopper bent down to retrieve her loose pepper, another woman snatched her purse, put it in a white bag and left the store accompanied by an accomplice.
One suspect is described as a black woman, wearing gray and white baggy checkered pants, black shirt, a light-colored head scarf and flip flops. She carried a large black purse and had a thick build and "big front teeth." The second suspect was a woman wearing a gray T-shirt, long dark pants with wide stripes down each side, white socks and slip-on shoes. She had a medium build and short dark hair.