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Teen Arrested In Connection With Purse Theft At Santa Cruz Safeway

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The mother of a teenage suspect in a purse theft at a Santa Cruz grocery store last Saturday turned her son into authorities Wednesday night after identifying him in a police blog’s surveillance video, a deputy chief said.

The purse theft occurred Saturday night at the Safeway grocery store at 117 Morrissey Blvd., Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said.

The mother of one of the three involved suspects identified her son, a 17-year-old boy, of San Jose, in a surveillance video photo in a blog put out by police on Monday, Clark said.

Clark said the boy, who attends Oak Grove High School in San Jose, was living with his father when she picked him up and took him to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office to turn him in.

After Santa Cruz police took him into custody, the suspect made a full confession, claiming he stole the purse because “he was extremely high on marijuana” and did not want to come down from his high, according to Clark.

Clark said he stole the purse intending on using any money to buy more marijuana.

Two additional suspects — believed to be tied to Oak Grove High School — remain at large, Clark said.

Police are working with San Jose police and Oak Grove High School to locate the suspects’ car, described as a red car similar to a Honda Civic or Accord with the lettering “INDOW TINT” on the rear window, Clark said.

Both suspects are described as Hispanic males in their late teens or early 20s. One was last seen wearing a white sweatshirt with dark jeans and a green and white beanie. The other was wearing a brown sweatshirt and dark jeans.

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