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Nassau Police report another purse snatching

December 7, 2010 8:14:43 PM PST
Nassau Police are investigating a purse snatching in Elmont that may be connected to a string of similar incidents around the county.

The victim, 56-year-old Deserite Franco, was getting her mail outside her Litchfield Avenue home Tuesday night when a suspect approached her from behind and grabbed her purse.

She screamed, alerting her husband who was inside the home.

The woman struggled with the suspect, but was dragged down the block and eventually fell in front of her neighbor's home.

She is being treated at a local hospital for bumps and bruises.

By the time her husband got to her, the suspect was gone.

"I wanted to chase the guy but didn't see anyone anymore," said John Franco, the victim's husband.

So far, there have been 12 purse snatchings linked to a pair of suspects.

The incidents started in late October.

There are others that may be connected eventually.

Right now, police say they are looking for two suspects.

The first suspect, who police made a sketch of, is described as a black man, about 5'4" to 5'6" tall, with a thin build, about 20 years old, wearing dark colored clothing.

The second suspect is described as a black man, about 6' to 6'2" tall, with a medium build, about 20-25 years old, and wearing dark colored clothing.

Their getaway vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly gray, four-door sedan.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS (8477) or Nassau County's Robbery Squad at (516) 573-8040.

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