Crime

Woman chases Kennewick purse snatcher until her car collides with getaway vehicle

A man grabbed a purse through an open passenger window Monday setting off a chase that ended with a crash on Gage Boulevard.
A man grabbed a purse through an open passenger window Monday setting off a chase that ended with a crash on Gage Boulevard. Kennewick Police Department

What started as a man asking for a cigarette turned into a chase around Columbia Center mall.

A woman was sitting in her car in the mall parking lot in Kennewick on Monday night when a man walked up to her open passenger’s side window and asked for a cigarette.

When the woman said she didn’t smoke, he reached inside and grabbed her purse and dashed to a nearby car, police said.

The woman followed that car in her own car in what became a chase around the mall. The chase ended in a fender bender at Gage Boulevard and Pittsburgh Street.

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A chase after a theft ended when two cars got into a fender bender near Gage Boulevard and Pittsburgh Street. Kennewick police

The alleged thief and his driver, Veronica Cruz, 21, ran away from the wrecked car. Officers found Cruz hiding near Buffalo Wild Wings. They weren’t able to find the suspected thief.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect’s location is asked to call Kennewick police at 509-628-0333.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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