Bar patrons chase purse snatcher

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

JANESVILLE—Police on Wednesday continued hunting for a man who Tuesday night snatched a purse from a table at a downtown tavern.

Patrons at Riley's Sports Bar & Grill, 209 W. Milwaukee St., chased after the man as he ran south on Franklin Street but weren't able to catch him, said Sgt. Dean Sukus of the Janesville Police Department.

The thief is described as a white man in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds with a dark buzz haircut. He was wearing a black leather jacket, blue jeans and tennis shoes, Sukus said.

A short time after the theft, the thief used one of the purse owner's financial transaction cards at a nearby ATM, Sukus said.

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