HEMET: Purse snatch victim’s daughter chases down suspects, recovers mom’s purse

Hemet police officers flooded into the residential neighborhood after several juveniles stole a purse from an open garage. Will Whelan image
Hemet police officers flooded into the residential neighborhood after several juveniles allegedly stole a purse from an open garage. Will Whelan image

HEMET – Several juveniles were detained and a stolen purse was recovered after numerous juveniles ran into an open garage, snatched a purse and ran off into the neighborhood. The residential burglary happened in the 900 block of Mayberry at the intersection of S. Santa Fe Avenue in Hemet.

City of Hemet police  officers were dispatched to the home about 9:30 p.m., after the homeowner and several other witnesses called 911 to report the theft.

Callers told emergency dispatchers that a group of eight black, male, juveniles had run into an open garage and stole a purse that was in the garage.

The daughter of the woman whose purse was stolen reportedly chased down the suspect fleeing with her purse and recovered it before officers arrived.

Officers detained several juveniles after the burglary; however, the suspects were not identified and no arrests were made. Will Whelan photo
Officers detained several juveniles after the burglary; however, the suspects were not identified and no arrests were made. Will Whelan photo

Callers told dispatchers that after the victim’s daughter recovered the purse, a man was seen chasing and yelling at the juveniles, who were last seen running southbound on San Jacinto Avenue.

Officers flooded into the neighborhood within minutes of the call being dispatched and detained several juveniles who were seen leaving the area.

Although the victim’s daughter managed to recover the stolen purse, according to an officer at the scene, neither the victim or any of the witnesses were able to positively identify any of the juveniles who had been involved in the theft.

Anyone with information about this incident or who was involved in the alleged theft is encouraged to contact Hemet police officials at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.

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