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Same man likely responsible for successful, failed purse robberies Monday, Madison police say

January 23, 2019

Police say the same man likely stole or attempted to steal three purses on Madison’s West Side Monday morning.

The only successful robbery occurred at about 10:50 a.m. at a bus stop on Odana Road near Odana Lane, said Lt. John Radovan.

He said the suspect approached the victim, asked her a question, grabbed her purse, which was next to her on a bench and then ran to a waiting vehicle to flee.

The purse was found without its contents nearby, Radovan said.

In the first attempted robbery, a suspect attempted to steal the purse of a woman, who was dragged about 15 feet before the suspect let go and fled in a stolen burgundy Ford Escape at about 10:30 a.m. at the Woodman’s grocery store on Gammon Road, he said.

That was followed by another failed purse snatching at about 10:45 in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee at 675 W. Whitney Way, where a similarly-described man tried to grab the purse off of a shoulder of a woman as she loaded groceries into a vehicle.

Radovan said the suspect again fled without the purse after the victim yelled.

He said the victims described the suspect’s getaway vehicle as a dark red or burgundy SUV-type vehicle, and had similar descriptions of the suspect.

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