MSO searches for purse-snatching suspects

MANATEE— A woman had her purse snatched in front of her home Tuesday evening as she was exiting her car in the 6000 block of Arlene Way, the sheriff’s office reports.

She was approached by two men who asked her for a cigarette, the report said.

When the victim replied that she did not smoke, the men ran up to her and grabbed her purse, according to the report. They then dragged her about 15 feet until she let go of the purse.

The men fled northbound on Arlene and westbound on 60th Avenue West with the purse, the report said. Deputies set up a perimeter and used dogs to search for the suspect.

The victim was uninjured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office (941) 747-3011.