MANATEE — A 43-year-old woman had her purse snatched as she walked to the store about 1:35 p.m. Monday in the 6400 block of Lafayette Road.
Three men riding bicycles came up to her, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
One of the men asked the woman if she had a lighter and when she took the purse off her shoulder to get the lighter, he grabbed the purse. All three men quickly rode off.
They were described as wearing baggy shorts, between 5-feet, 6-inches and 5-feet, 8-inches tall, weighing 130-150 pounds.
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The suspect who snatched the purse was riding a silver bike and wearing a hat.
One of the other suspects had shoulder-length blond hair, and the other suspect had short dark hair.Responding deputies searched the area, but did not find either the suspects or the purse.