Irving Police Search for Violent Purse Snatchers

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    Irving police are asking for help. This, after a violent purse snatching in June, led to a business break-in. (Published Thursday, Aug 7, 2014)

    Irving police are asking for help. This, after a violent purse snatching in June, led to a business break-in.

    Police said it was all part of a calculated crime. Now, they're releasing surveillance video in hopes of catching the those responsible.

    "By all indications, she was targeted," said Officer James Mclellan.

    Officers said a jeweler was followed from the supermarket her storefront is located in, to her Arlington home. There, she was attacked and her purse was ripped off of her shoulder.

    "During the struggle, he did threaten to kill her and her niece," explained Mclellan.

    Not even two hours later, surveillance video showed the suspected thieves at the supermarket, casing the store. The video showed one suspect possibly using stolen keys to unlock the door. Then a market manager asked them what they were doing and they ran away. Nothing was stolen from the store.

    The video cameras also captured two cars: an older Toyota 4runner and possibly a Nissan Altima. Police are interested in talking to the drivers.

    There are concerns the two thieves could strike again.

    "The greater concern was the robbery that occurred in Arlington, the risk to her safety, and the potential for something worse to have happened there. That's really the bigger concern," he said.

    The victim, off camera, said she has been traumatized by the incident, and can't stop thinking about it, hoping for an arrest.