Ballard Crime Watch: Victim retrieves stolen purse from suspect
Seattle Police arrested a woman who stole a Ballard woman’s purse outside her home on the 2400 block of N.W. Market Street on July 28. The complainant called police from her cell phone after she realized her purse had been taken from the front seat of her car. She was unloading her car and noticed the suspect was digging through a bag in a parking garage near her. She didn't think anything of it. Then she noticed her purse was gone and the suspect walking away quickly. The complainant and her friend followed the suspect to a nearby business. The suspect had locked herself in the bathroom. They told the suspect they were going to call the police, and then she opened the door carrying a different purse. The complainant’s purse was seen on the bathroom floor, emptied. The complainant wrestled the purse from the suspect and managed to empty most of it. She retrieved most of her belongings. The suspect fled and police were able to detain her. Police booked the suspect at King County Jail for robbery. The estimated loss was $20.