Dollar Tree shoppers fight back against purse snatcher in SC town
By WCBD News
CHARLESTON, SC -
Several people at a Dollar Tree store apprehended a man Tuesday evening after he stole a woman's purse in front of a business on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.
While investigating the purse snatching, police determined he was involved in the burglary of an Albemarle Road residence earlier that evening.
Dustin Andrew Carroll, 20, of Millbrook Road, Columbia, is charged with purse snatching and burglary 2nd degree. Carroll is also wanted by Columbia Police for armed robbery.
About 6 p.m., a woman walked out of the Dollar Tree at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard when a man in bloody clothes approached her and asked for money.
She took $5.00 out of her purse to give him when he snatched the money and the purse out of her hands and ran.
Several citizens saw this and chased the suspect. They caught him and held him until the police arrived.
The suspect said he was bloody because his brother stabbed him in the hand earlier that morning in Columbia.
During the investigation of the purse snatching, police determined the suspect matched the description of a man involved in the burglary of an Albemarle Road residence.
About 4:40 p.m., a man saw a strange car parked in his next door neighbor's driveway on Albemarle Road. He approached the car and spoke with a woman who said she was interested in buying his neighbor's sailboat. She asked if he knew his neighbor's telephone number. He didn't and returned home to get it.
He then saw a white male between 20 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall, with short hair, wearing khaki shorts and a white shirt walk out of his neighbor's residence carrying a camouflage colored gun case. The suspect also stole several pieces of jewelry.
The investigation is ongoing.
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