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Another purse-snatching attempt reported

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A purse-snatching incident Friday evening marked the third such incident to take place in Cabell County in four days.

The most recent incident is under investigation by the West Virginia State Police.

It happened between 7:45 and 8 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of K-Mart in the 5600 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington, according to state police dispatchers.

The victim was putting bags into her car when someone in a white Audi with Ohio tags drove up and grabbed her purse. The suspects fled the scene in the vehicle, the dispatcher said.

The victim was not injured.

Troopers also are investigating an incident that happened Thursday afternoon at the Walmart in the 3300 block of U.S. 60 in Huntington. In that incident, a 47-year-old woman was putting groceries into her car when a woman jumped out of a moving vehicle and snatched her purse. The suspect knocked the woman back in the attempt, but she was not injured.

The suspect vehicle in that case is a black Chevrolet Cavalier.

On Wednesday, Cabell County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Ronall Ross, 43, of Wurtland, Ky., and charged him with malicious wounding, second-degree robbery and leaving the scene of an accident with injury in connection with another attempted robbery at the store that left one woman hospitalized Tuesday.

West Virginia State Police Sgt. Greg Losh said in the month of August alone, troopers from the Huntington detachment have responded to 55 shoplifting incidents at a variety of grocery and retail stores in the area.

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