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Accused Perry purse snatcher arrested after chase in Dooly County

Purse-snatcher in action

It took all of 12 seconds for a man to steal a woman's purse from inside her car at Kroger gas pumps in Perry, Georgia, on April 25, 2018. Another similar theft occurred in Macon two days prior.
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It took all of 12 seconds for a man to steal a woman's purse from inside her car at Kroger gas pumps in Perry, Georgia, on April 25, 2018. Another similar theft occurred in Macon two days prior.

A man accused of snatching a woman's purse from her car as she pumped gas at a Perry grocery store was arrested Friday after a chase by Dooly County sheriff's deputies.

Charles Bradley Chandler Jr. of Clarksdale, Tennessee, is also wanted for doing "the exact same thing" in another state, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.

Additionally, Chandler is a suspect in a similar theft in a Bibb County case, Dykes said.

Chandler is accused of pulling up alongside women pumping gas as if he's also going to pump gas too, then snatching their purses from their vehicles when their heads are turned.

Chandler was driving a stolen vehicle when arrested in Dooly County, Dykes said.

He's been charged in Dooly County with fleeing and trying to elude, reckless driving, improper lane change, driving in the emergency lane, driving on a suspended license, and window tint violation.

He faces an entering an auto charge in Wednesday's purse snatching at a Kroger in Perry.

Additionally, Chandler has five open warrants for entering an auto and one count of grand theft auto out of Ohio, according to a Perry police release.

Bibb County Sgt. Linda Howard said Chandler is a suspect in a similar incident just before noon Monday at the Kroger fuel center on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard in Macon, when a 67-year-old woman was robbed of her wallet.

No charges out of Bibb County have been filed so far against Chandler, Howard said.

Ohio authorities saw a surveillance video of the purse snatching that Perry police posted on Facebook and contacted them, Dykes said.

"You can reach so many different people with social media nowadays that you couldn't reach before," he said.

Chandler was being held Friday at the Dooly County Detention Center.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME or call police at 478-988-2800.

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