Police: Teens snatch elderly woman’s purse
Two North Augusta teens were detained for a purse snatching incident during which an elderly woman was injured, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Tyrone Miller, 17, of Austin Street in North Augusta, was charged with purse snatching and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Thursday afternoon.
A 15-year-old North Augusta Middle School student was also charged and later released to his family.
A 70-year-old woman was exiting the Walmart on Knox Avenue with a friend just before 8 p.m. on Monday when the suspect approached her from behind, grabbed her purse and ran, according to an incident report.
The second suspect, who was standing at the exit, also fled.
The victim tried to run after the suspects but fell, causing lacerations to her right hand and knee, police said.
Officers identified and located Miller at North Augusta High School and detained him.
Miller told police his friend “Peanut” snatched the purse, and they ran from the store together to an abandoned home nearby, police said.
The purse reportedly contained $65, glasses, credit cards and makeup.
Police later found the purse inside the home, with the victim’s cash, credit cards and cellphone missing.
Miller, whose mother works at the store, told police he used the cash to buy marijuana, according to the report.
The younger teen also admitted to police that they snatched the woman’s purse, and that they got “caught up in the moment.”
Miller has a previous arrest for disorderly conduct, according to the detention center website.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.