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Thief steals woman's purse in parking lot

September 19, 2001

A 61-year-old El Centro woman was robbed Tuesday as a man snatched her purse and caused her to fall in the parking lot of Sears, El Centro police reported.

Anita Garcia suffered abrasions to her legs, police said. She did not require hospitalization.

Garcia was in the parking lot of Sears on North Imperial Avenue in El Centro about 7 p.m. when a man described as Hispanic in his 20s with a thin build and mustache approached her from behind.

The man grabbed her purse and fled in a gray or green Nissan sedan.

Police were continuing to investigate the robbery today.

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