PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - From: Palestine Police Department:
On September 5, 2014 at approximately 2:01 p.m. officers from the Palestine Police Department responded to the 300 block of East Spring, in reference to a theft from person, just occurred.
Officers were approached by the victim, a 78-year-old male, in the police department parking lot, after he was approached by a male in the parking lot of Kroger, asking for money. After agreeing to give the offender a single dollar, the victim's wallet was snatched from his hands, and the offender fled on foot away from scene. Several witnesses were able to provide police with a clothing description of the subject, and the offender was located in the downtown area a short time after the offense was reported.
Officers also managed to recover the victim's wallet, as well as the contents, which were returned to the victim.
"This, unfortunately, is another example of how some people will take advantage of the generosity of others. We ask that citizens be vigilant as to the safety of themselves and their property, especially when out in public places", says Lt. Jeff Powell, patrol commander for the Palestine Police Department. "We would also ask that citizens call us to when approached by anyone that they are unsure of. Officers would rather get involved and see if we can help in the matter, rather than have someone be a victim."
In addition, Lt. Powell praised his officers and the Palestine City Marshal for their involvement in the case. "We had patrol, the City Marshal, administration and the training coordinator out beating the bushes, looking for this suspect. They did a great job and I am proud of everyone involved."