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Purse snatching involves death threat

Oct. 5, 2010

A woman's purse was snatched and her life threatened at a Wauwatosa gas station last week.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The 24-year-old woman had gone into BP, 7532 W. Center St., to pre-pay for gas at 10:31 p.m. Thursday. A man who had been speaking with the clerk about cigarettes followed her out of the convenience store.

He tried to knock the purse off her shoulder from behind, but she got a grip on it. They both started pulling, and he said he would kill her if she didn't let go. The strap broke, and he was able to run off with the purse.

Her wallet was found nearby, and the purse was found the next day by a woman walking at 72nd and Clarke streets.

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