Sunday afternoon, officers of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department arrested a trio of teens for snatching a purse outside of Savannah Mall on the 14000 block of Abercorn Street.
"Just after 12:30 p.m., SCMPD met the victim behind Dillard’s. The purse snatching happened when one of the three suspects dropped to the ground in front of the victim as though he were in distress," police say.
"As the victim knelt down to offer assistance, the suspect snatched the her purse and ran towards Shawnee Street with two other teenage males."
With detailed descriptions of the three suspects, "Southside precinct patrol officers saturated the area and located the them walking in a nearby neighborhood. The suspects failed to comply when instructed to stop by a Metro officer. They proceeded to run," police say.
"Two suspects stopped and were arrested near a canal on west Quail Hollow Court. The third suspect, later identified as the purse snatcher, was taken into custody in the woods near Mohawk Lake. The victim’s cellular phone was in his pocket."
Two of the suspects are 15-years-old and one suspect is 16. All three are charged with obstruction by fleeing and robbery by sudden snatching.
“I commend the Southside Precinct officers and their commander for acting both swiftly and appropriately in this situation,” said SCMPD Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin. “These arrests should serve as warnings to any criminal seeking to victimize innocent citizens in this way.”