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Police Urge Female Residents Caution; Purse Snatching Continues
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Police Urge Female Residents Caution; Purse Snatching Continues

NIAGARA FALLS, NY – The Niagara Falls Police Department is investigating a number of purse thefts in recent weeks.

The incidents have occurred citywide involving women returning home from shopping at businesses both in Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara.

The thefts have all occurred when the victims, while unloading their shopping bags, have their attention diverted and their purse is taken and the suspect flees the area.

The suspect has been described as a male, 5’10” – 6’1”, 190-200 lbs, late 20’s to early 30’s or older, wearing dark clothing with a hood, and sometimes a scarf.  A light colored SUV and white or light gold sedan may be involved.

The Niagara Falls Police Department has alerted the neighboring police jurisdictions and is coordinating a unified police effort.  All agencies will continue to use all police resources available to apprehend the suspect(s).

The Niagara Falls Police Department is advising the public to be aware of their surroundings, be alert, and safe guard their purses.  They should also be cognizant of any vehicle following them from the store, and stopping near their homes to let someone out.

If anyone has any information regarding this issue, they are asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division at 286-4553.

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