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Police Release Image of Alleged Purse Snatcher

LAS VEGAS -- A purse snatcher targeting women in the northwest section of the Las Vegas valley since December appears to have moved into North Las Vegas, according to North Las Vegas Police.

Police released a new image of the robbery suspect over the weekend. It was captured by a camera at the Cannery Casino. The clear image of the suspect could lead to his identification.

Police say at around 2:45 p.m. Thursday, he knocked a woman down and wrestled her purse away, then took off as a passenger in a Volkswagen Jetta.

In another case, the suspect injured a woman when he ripped her wallet from her hands, Metro Police said. 

The suspect has targeted women in the parking lots of casinos and grocery stores.

"Someone ran in, and took her purse, and they were fast," said Linda Ventura.

She will never forget seeing her friend's purse getting snatched years ago at a food court.

"I have been paying attention. The last few years, it seems like this sort of thing is on the increase. I don't know why," she said.

Another image of the alleged purse snatcher was taken as he entered a Centennial Hills grocery store in late December. According to police, he robbed a woman outside the store, took her wallet and fled in a small, four-door, silver or gray sedan.

"I think it's crazy. I can't believe someone is out there doing that," said Rosie Frausto, a realtor who works in the targeted shopping center.

"You just have to be careful. You don't want anything to happen to yourself. It's not worth it. You can replace what's in there. You can't replace yourself," she said.

"Get a good hold on things. Be aware of your surroundings. Look around. Look up," Metro officer Bill Cassell advises."The biggest thing that we always tell people, men or women, is to make yourself a hard target. Don't look like a victim, and don't act like a victim."

Cassell adds people should not be talking or texting on their cell phones when walking through parking lots because it causes them to be distracted.

Police hope the suspect is caught before anyone else is hurt.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.