Man Stole 85-Year-Old Woman’s Purse


An 85-year-old woman ran after the man who stole her purse in Hamden on Saturday morning and police are now trying to find the purse snatcher who got away.

Police said they responded to the 2200 block of Dixwell Avenue at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and learned that the victim was sitting in her car in the parking lot of 2335 Dixwell Ave. when a tall man in his 40s approached her and asked for cash, police said.

The woman reached into her purse, planning to give the man “a few dollars,” but he grabbed her purse and ran away, heading south on Dixwell Avenue.

The victim ran after the man for a little bit and found her purse on the ground, but $50 and some credit cards had been stolen.

Officer Kelley Groleau and her K-9 partner “Sar” followed the track, which led to the Farmington Canal Trail, and police ask anyone with information about the case to call the Hamden Police Department Major Crimes Division at (203) 230-4040.

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