Suspected Bag Snatcher Arrested on Christmas

The officer was able to arrest the alleged robber after the suspect crashed his car into another vehicle.

A Redwood City police officer arrested a suspected purse thief after the suspect led the officer on a car chase on Tuesday at 12:22 p.m.

Jeffery Smith, 42, allegedly approached a 65-year-old Redwood City woman and grabbed her by the arm. He snatched a shopping bag out of her hands, which Office Carmine Galotta, Jr., witnessed while patrolling the area of Virginia Avenue and Anamor Street.

Officer Galotta stopped his vehicle and attempted to contact the suspect. The suspect ran to awaiting vehicle and fled at a high speed westbound on Anamor Street.

Galotta followed the suspect to Anamor Street at Hampton Avenue, when the suspect lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a parked car on Hampton Avenue.

Galotta took the suspect into custody and booked into the San Mateo County Jail for robbery and a parole violation.

The victim was not hurt and her property was returned to her. 

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    Gerry Mazloum December 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM
    Good work Officer Galotta. Another Scumbag off the streets. One more for the good guys
    Victor December 27, 2012 at 03:34 PM
    If only people like the suspect mentioned above would just make life easier on themselves, by getting a descent job/career, they wouldn't have to steal from others, and the purse stealing could of been avoided on Christmas day, if it didn't happen.
    becky December 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    this time it wasn't a purse that he stole.
    Stacie Chan December 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
    Thanks Becky for that correction. The article is now edited.


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