Suspected purse snatcher arrested

Javon McClain is charged with robbery by snatching, grand theft, possession of crack cocaine, and violation of probation. (WJHG/WECP)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Authorities believe they have arrested the person who snatched a purse away from an elderly woman while she was Christmas shopping.

Bay County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Callaway Walmart Sunday where a purse was stolen from an elderly shopper.

At first, deputies thought the suspect appeared to be a woman, but turned out to be a black male in a gray jacket and hood. Investigators say while doing a follow up investigation, they identified Javon McClain, 17, as the suspect.

McClain is charged with robbery by snatching, grand theft, possession of crack cocaine, and violation of probation.

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12/09/2019

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is asking help to identify a woman who snatched the purse of an elderly shopper at a store on December 8th around 12:45 p.m.

Investigators say the victim is 84 years old and was shopping with Christmas money in her purse when a woman wearing a white hat and white jacket snatched her purse and ran out the store.

The woman was captured on security video cameras.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 850-747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.

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