Walmart employee's son, middle school student accused of purse snatching

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Wednesday, March 6, 2014

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- A North Augusta high school and middle school student are accused of snatching a purse on Monday, according to a North Augusta Department of Public Safety report.

A 70-year-old woman's purse was stolen while in her hand as she was leaving the Walmart on Knox Avenue, the report said. She told officers one male grabbed the purse and another ran alongside him to the back of the building.

A man who didn't know the Beech Island woman chased after the suspects and led law enforcement to where he said the two were hiding on Crestlyn Drive, according to a report. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office was called in since it was their jurisdiction.

Law enforcement did not find the suspects in the home, the report said.

Officers watched the incident happen on surveillance and store management recognized one of the males as an employee's teenage son, the report said. Officers used a snapshot to show to the North Augusta High School principal.

The principal told officers the photo was 17-year-old Tyrone Miller. Miller was arrested and told officers he and his friend snatched the purse and ran into a house on Crestlyn Drive, the report said.

Miller told officers his friend took the purse and he did not know his real name. Miller was taken to the vacant house with officers and showed them an open door with the stolen purse and its contents on the ground, the report said. The victim's phone and money were not located at the scene.

Later, Miller told a sergeant that his friend in question was a North Augusta middle school student and also told them the boy's name.

Miller was arrested and charged as an adult on purse snatching charges.

Tyrone Miller (WRDW-TV)

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