About 8:45 pm last night, a woman was sitting on a bus bench located at Huntington Drive and First Avenue. The woman was talking with another bus patron and she had placed her purse on the bench next to her. Four juveniles began loitering near the bus bench and suddenly two of the juveniles approached the woman from behind and grabbed her purse off the bench, running off through an adjacent gas station. The victim's purse was found about three blocks away shortly thereafter but cash and a wallet were missing.
The two juveniles were described as male teens, about 16-17 years old. One juvenile was a male Hispanic wearing a red shirt and the other was a male African American wearing an orange shirt. Both juveniles were carrying skateboards when they ran off.
If carrying a purse, remember to keep it close to you and preferably, carried tucked under an arm or in your grasp whenever possible. It is always best to help prevent crime before it happens by making yourself the least desirable target. As shown in this crime of opportunity, it only takes a moment for a thief to target your property.