Purse-snatching suspect caught after chase
A woman had her purse stolen Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store in Sugar Land, but the suspected thief was caught a short time later.
Sugar Land spokeswoman Pat Pollicoff said the 26-year-old woman was in the parking lot of the store at 345 Texas 6 near U.S. 90A when a man came up to her and stole her purse at 3:45 p.m.
Police officers spotted the man as he was driving a blue sedan away from the scene. A chase ensued and ended when the man abandoned the car behind a Big Lots store near Texas 6 and Williams Grant.
The man, identified as Joel Lewis, 42, of Houston, was caught following a brief foot chase.
Police discovered the car Lewis was driving was reported stolen out of Houston. The woman's purse was recovered and given back to her.
Lewis has been charged with theft from a person, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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