Louisville man accused of posing as job applicant before stealing purses
The suspect is accused of snatching three purses from customers at two different restaurants.
Monday, August 25th 2014, 10:53 am EDT
Monday, August 25th 2014, 11:18 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly snatched women's purses from two different restaurants.
According to arrest documents, the first incident happened at Austin's restaurant around noon Sunday in the 4900 block of US Hwy.42 in Louisville.
Police say 22-year-old Daron Powell entered the business and asked for a job application. He sat down at the bar to complete the application, police say, but reached over the bar and took two purses belonging to two different women.
One of the women told police she saw Powell put the purses under his shirt and run outside where he got into a silver Honda waiting in the parking lot.
About two hours later, around 2 p.m., police say Powell walked into the Fuji Asian Bistro on Dixie Hwy. but did not eat or sit down. Police say he "wandered around the restaurant" before grabbing the victim's purse from the back of her chair and running from the restaurant. The victim told police she chased after Powell and saw him get into the passenger side of a silver Honda. The victim gave police the license plate number, and investigators discovered the Honda was reportedly involved in another purse-snatching incident.
The victim and a store employee were able to identify Powell from a photo pack.
Powell was arrested just after 2 p.m. Sunday. He is facing two counts of theft by deception greater than $500 but less than $10,000.
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