Shoppers prevent accused purse thief from leaving Macon store

Supermarket shoppers Tuesday stopped a man from leaving the Kroger on North Avenue after he allegedly approached a woman in the store and stole her purse, Macon police said.

The 61-year-old woman screamed, and a group of shoppers and employees stopped the man just outside the store, according to a police report.

Benjamin Tinsley, 27, of Summit Avenue, was charged with robbery by snatching.

He is being held at the Bibb County jail on $4,050 bond, according to jail records.