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The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a thief who grabbed a woman’s purse through an open restaurant window last week. The woman was sitting at Baklava Restaurant on Laurel Street at about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, according to the sheriff’s office. Her purse was hanging on a chair near an open window. A male suspect around six feet tall apparently reached through the window and grabbed the purse, and ran west on Cherry Street. Two witnesses chased the thief into a parking lot, where they saw him throw the purse into a waiting vehicle and keep running.
The vehicle, a silver 2005 Chevrolet Impala, drove out of theparking lot and struck another vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. No one was injured, and both suspects got away. Investigators were able to identify the driver of the Impala as a 17-year-old from Union City. On Wednesday, deputies contacted the juvenile at his home and took him into custody. He was booked at the San Mateo County Youth Services Center for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and hit and run. Detectives were continuing to try to identify the man who grabbed the purse.
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