Woman thanks police after purse was snatched

An 89-year-old Trumbull woman, who had her purse snatched in front of her home Tuesday, is thanking police for their kindness and quick response.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, was just arriving home from the doctor’s office and the grocery store late Tuesday morning with her husband when she was attacked. A friend, who had driven them, had pulled into the driveway on Madison Avenue and had exited the car to knock icicles off the house. The woman’s husband was busy getting the groceries.

The victim said she was had her cane and purse in her hands when the attacker, who she described a “big guy,” slammed her against the car grabbed her purse.

Police said he then ran south, toward Blackhouse Road.

“The police were exceptionally nice and they had two police dogs searching the area,” she said. “They immediately asked if I was OK and needed to see a doctor.”

She was not hurt during the confrontation but said she was upset.

“I have lived in this house 61 years and nothing like this has ever happened,” she said.

The victim said her purse contained cash as well as her checkbook, cards and her medicine from the doctor.

“I’m very grateful for the police,” she said. “They did a great job.”

Police described the male as white, in his 20s,  about 5″10, with a muscular build. He was reportedly wearing a beige jacket, black knit hat and black pants. Police searched the area but did not locate the suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

A similar case has been reported in Shelton recently, according to Trumbull Police.