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Purse Snatch Suspect Turned in by his Mother

A San Jose Oak Grove High student was arrested for allegedly snatching the purse of a 63-year-old woman at the Morrissey Safeway. It was caught on video.

17-year old purse snatch suspect arrested after mother turned him in.
17-year old purse snatch suspect arrested after mother turned him in.
Santa Cruz Police have arrested a 17-year-old who allegedly knocked over a 63-year-old woman and stole her purse Saturday at the Safeway on Morrissey Boulevard.

The mother of the juvenile saw her son's photo on social media after it was put on a Santa Cruz Police Department blog post, calling him a "coward."

"The power of social media and strong parenting came through on this one," wrote Deputy Chief Steve Clark. 

The suspect, who isn't named because he is under 18, was living with his father in San Jose. Late Wednesday night his mother picked him up at his father's house and drove him to the Santa Clara Sheriff's office and turned him in.

They contacted Santa Cruz Police who interviewed him, and they say, got a full confession. He told them he was extremely high on marijuana and didn't want to suffer "coming down," police said. He stole the purse to buy more marijuana.

He wouldn't identify his accomplices and police are looking for them. They were driving a red car similar to a Honda Civic or Accord. It had white lettering across the back window that said "INDOW TINT," without the W.


HippieCowboy420 January 11, 2014 at 02:59 PM
Marijuana there is NO withdrawals with Cannabis if you believe him you are a idiot!
goodeyejohn January 11, 2014 at 04:08 PM
I''ll bet a nickel to a dollar his blood test results look like a science project.
Craig Belfor January 11, 2014 at 11:57 PM
Hats off to Mom. This has to be one of the most painful things a mom could do, but she did it to straighten her son out. Some day he'll thank her. By the way, there is no withdrawal, he stole the purse to buy a quart of ice cream.

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