HEMET: Purse snatch victim’s daughter chases down suspects, recovers mom’s purse

HEMET – Several juveniles were detained and a stolen purse was recovered after numerous juveniles ran into an open garage, snatched a purse and ran off into a dark neighborhood. The residential burglary happened in the 900 block of Mayberry Avenue at the intersection of S. Santa Fe Avenue in Hemet.

Hemet police officers flooded into the residential neighborhood after several juveniles stole a purse from an open garage. Will Whelan image

City of Hemet police officers were dispatched to the home about 9:30 p.m., after the victim and several witnesses called 911 to report the burglary and theft.

Callers told emergency dispatchers that a group of six to eight black male juveniles ran into an open garage and stole a purse that was left momentarily unattended.

The daughter of the woman whose purse was stolen reportedly chased down the suspects fleeing with the purse and recovered it before officers arrived.

Callers told dispatchers that after the victim’s daughter recovered the purse, a man was seen chasing and yelling at the juveniles, who were last seen running southbound on San Jacinto Avenue.

Officers flooded into the neighborhood within minutes of the call being dispatched and quickly detained several juveniles who were seen running from the area.

Although the victim’s daughter managed to recover her mother’s stolen purse, according to an officer at the scene, neither the victim nor any of the witnesses were able to positively identify any of the detained juveniles as being involved in the burglary and theft.

Anyone with information about this incident or who knows any of those involved in the alleged theft is encouraged to contact Hemet police officials at (951) 765-2400. Callers can remain anonymous.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

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Trevor Montgomery runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News and Anza Valley Outlook and also writes for Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg and breaking his back in an off-duty accident.

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center and Lake Elsinore Station, along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.

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