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Home  |  News  |  West Columbia Police Catch Purse Snatching Suspect

West Columbia Police Catch Purse Snatching Suspect
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

West Columbia, SC – The West Columbia Police Department has arrested a local man who snatched a woman’s purse yesterday. The incident occurred at the Bi-lo located at 2349 Augusta Road at approximately 3 p.m. The victim, Kay Westfall of Gilbert was loading her groceries into the back of her vehicle when the suspect pulled up behind her in a dark blue Honda. The suspect reached out and grabbed Ms. Westfall’s purse from the cart and drove away.

Chief Dennis Tyndall stated that the suspect was then involved in a hit and run accident with another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle followed the vehicle to Harbor Drive where the suspect jumped out of his car and ran away. West Columbia officers were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody. They also were able to recover the victim’s purse which was hidden under some brush in the wood line.

The suspect has been identified as Ellis Ira Scarborough, a W/M, age 45 of 1910 Crapps Avenue, West Columbia. He has been charged with hit and run, simple possession of marijuana, purse snatching, and other traffic related offenses. He is being held at the Lexington County Detention Center pending a bond hearing.

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