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Police Searching for Victim of Purse Snatching

Brookfield police are seeking the identity of the victim of an attempted purse snatching at Shop Rite Sunday.

Brookfield police are in the unique predicament of searching for a victim rather than a suspect after an attempted purse snatching at on Sunday. The victim’s purse was returned and officers captured the suspect, however they never spoke with the victim and need her to come forward to file an official complaint.

According to Maj. Jay Purcell, the suspect, whose name was not released, took the purse around 12:17 p.m. Sunday but was stopped by a bystander in the supermarket, who was able to recover the purse. The mugger fled, however police apprehended him shortly thereafter. By the time police arrived at Shop Rite, the victim had left, Purcell said.

Police are now searching for the victim to see if she would like to press charges and seek an arrest.

Any witnesses who may know the victim’s identity are asked to contact Cpl. Kevin Brooks at the , 203-775-2575.

Steven DeVaux January 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM
They're chasing the VICTIM?!
Lori January 10, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Two thumbs up for the bystander who jumped in and stopped the suspect....nice job!!! Also, what is the deal with Brookfield lately???? Shoplifting, purse snatching... Here's a tip for all the ladies shopping....if you're like me and place your purse on the top part of the shopping cart (I know, dumb)...fasten it by using the child safety belt that is attached to the seat. At least the bag won't be taken away, but bag pocketing is another story. Just don't walk away from your bag if it's going to be strapped into the seat. Of course the best solution is to always carry your bag...just keep it zipped up at all times. I'm glad the victim wasn't harmed in any way.
Runner Girl January 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Why bring your pocket book into the store at all? Just take your credit card or cash in your pocket along with your phone and keys - what else would you need? Leave your pocketbook locked in your trunk
Lori January 10, 2012 at 02:32 PM
That's good for some people, but not for all. So if you're a mom with a diaper bag and happen to throw everything in there, or dressed up for work with not many pockets like me (skirt/blazer) or an elderly woman (who usually take their bag everywhere they go), who ever they may be (in need of carrying your bag), just remember you can always fasten it to the child safety seat.
Runner Girl January 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
still think it's better to leave it in the car...why invite trouble?
barb January 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
My question is, how long did it take for the police to show up? Let's face it ladies....if you're done shopping and have other things to do, would you wait fifteen minutes just to tell the police you're ok and you have your pocketbook back?
mom-of-6 January 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Yes Lori I agree. That's a great idea. I am a mother of 6 children, and I usually have three of my kids with me when shopping. I actually have to carry two bags along with me (things for the kids). Although I attempt to not bring my bag with me, it always ends up getting overloaded with all my kids' items, so I always have it with me. That's a great idea about strapping it into the child safety seat...THANKS!!
mom-of-6 January 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Maybe one day when my kids are all grown I won't have the need to carry all of my belongings. Until then, the bags are a big PLUS when toting around my kids. People just need to be aware of their surroundings at all times no matter what.
Paul January 10, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Is that not inviting trouble? When the thief watches you put it in your trunk, it only takes a few seconds to smash a window, pop the trunk and be off. Nowadays, people don't pay attention to car alarms.
Runner Girl January 10, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Paul - I put my pocket book in my trunk when I am at home before I go to the grocery store so any potential thief is not watching me do that in the parking lot. It's very easy to get distracted if you are browsing the shelves, have kids with you that you are keeping an eye on....etc. I just think having a pocket book in the cart is asking for trouble. Just my 2 cents...
Phil Reilly January 10, 2012 at 06:05 PM
To the thief and anyone else that feels the need to perpetrate such crimes on innocent people...I'm no tough guy, but enough is enough: you better hope I don't catch you robbing an innocent woman, because you'll be praying for the cops to come and save you if I do...we, as Brookfield residents, need to watch out for each other, and let these pieces of garbage know that their crimes WILL NOT be tolerated here. Remember, me, and others like me will be watching....
The Watcher January 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
its time to bring back the fanny-pack.
Runner Girl January 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Good one!
Steven DeVaux January 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Remember when there was no crime in Brookfield? When you could leave your door unlocked and not worry? Welcome to the ALL NEW Brookfield. Ain't America great?
gosia January 11, 2012 at 02:12 AM
i grew up here and my Mother used to leave the front door wide open without so much as a screen door, just in case we had visitors.
Lori January 11, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Funny, because my husband can't part with his fanny pack!
Lori January 11, 2012 at 01:28 PM
It's a shame. We work so hard to have a good life, and these people are too lazy to go out and get a job (or keep one). So their idea of making money is to take it from someone else. I feel bad for our kids growing up...it's scary to think what it's going to be like in years to come since it's gotten worse from when we were growing up.
Lori January 11, 2012 at 01:29 PM
It's nice to know there are people like you fyl....Thanks!
Steven DeVaux January 12, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Lori, Leadership set's the tone of a town. Brookfield is no exception.
Rob Gianazza January 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
So let's blame Davidson? That's like blaming everything on Bush. Let's be realistic and be aware of our surroundings. If you see someone suspicious, report it. Shop Rite does seem to have many of these incidents reported. Perhaps a sting, or some additional surveillance is in order? I would think that Shop Rite would be concerned about losing patronage due to concerns over customer safety.
Steven DeVaux January 12, 2012 at 11:24 AM
With retail shopping unsafe in Brookfield let's see what the town's leaders propose this budget year to solve an immediate problem. You can have all the laws on the books in the world, but if the town's leaders fail to vigorously and consistently follow and enforce those laws they aren't worth the paper they are printed on in terms of providing safety to townspeople - either shopping - driving - vandalism or otherwise.
Kay Dee January 16, 2012 at 05:02 AM
When I take my pocketbook, I bury it under my groceries...when I get to the checkout and they ask for my Shop Rite card I tell the cashier I will give it in after I am done emptying the cart :) Card works at the beginning or end of the order so it isn't a problem. Having shopped with small children some years ago it does get difficult because you do need to have some things handy but these days traveling lighter is better. Having had my wallet stolen out of my pocketbook right in front of me (...the person was a PRO) nothing surprises me. Once your wallet is stolen you will feel EXTREMELY violated as the thief has all of your things...money, credit cards, SS cards, license, and worst of all your personal items like photos of your kids. Mine was take in 1998 and I still remember those photos that I cannot replace. So ladies (and gentlemen that may carry bags?) do yourself a favor and always be on guard. Take any of the advice listed in mine or the comments above and err on the side of caution.
JYD January 16, 2012 at 05:42 AM
It would be the store's responsibility to increase security in the store and parking lot, not the taxpayers. If a store is unsafe, people will stop shopping and go elsewhere. You only have so much to spend on law enforcement, and you can't have an officer everywhere at every moment. Sounds like the police did a great job in this case because they were able to catch the suspect very quickly. Sounds like you have a different axe to grind of a personal nature.
Mary Thomas January 17, 2012 at 01:52 AM
My husband and I were just entering this Shop-Rite as this crime happened. The place was jammed, and the parking lot so full we almost drove away. This perpetrator had his sweatshirt ripped off by the brave guy who came to the aid of the victim. The police were there within minutes. The victim must not have wanted to be involved as it appears she left immediately. I for one are now going to the Shop-Rite in Southbury, as there are better sight-lines and at least you will have a better view if and when a criminal tries something. By the way, one of the bystanders identified a getaway car, but it appeared that person drove off and was not apprehended. The fact that this crime was not publicized in the Danbury paper is amazing, as there were dozens of people in the store witnessing it, and you would think the public should be alerted to this kind of thing happening at high noon on a Sunday.
citizenB January 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The fact that this was NOT in the paper doesnt surprise me at all- alot of crimes are apparently going unpublicized and residents are left unaware whats going on in ther own town. A home in my neighborhood was burglarized 2 weeks ago and I have yet to see it reported anywhere. Glass and doors broken, valuables taken. No suspects, no leads, and the police officer responding says break-ins are on the rise in town 4-5 a week now. Are we too afraid that if news gets out that our town's reputation will be blemished? Are we crazy?! Residents need to know so they can be aware and be prepared, able to keep a watchful eye out for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods! Im amazed that our town leaders, or the papers or who? would rather put their heads in the sand and pretend nothing is going on while their neighbors and friends are robbed.
Bee Rye January 21, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I have heard of 3 breakins in Brookfield in the last month. If you see anything suspicious please call the police. We all have to help our neighbors.
Phil Reilly January 21, 2012 at 05:19 AM
We, as residents of Brookfield need to be more vigilant...it is just not fair to expect the cops to be able to be on top of all these crimes; they can't be everywhere at once. No, WE need to be more aware as individuals. Kudos to the guy that went after the perp in this crime, but we ALL need to get involved. Some of us have grown up in Brookfield and remember when it was a much safer place; others of us have come from neighborhoods that we have seen fall to ruins because crime was allowed to grow and flourish, so we have moved to a place that is safer to raise our children. Let's not let this wonderful town suffer the fate of so many others like it...let's keep it a place that is both safe and ideal to raise our families in. Unfortunately, the times dictate that we cannot afford the luxury of looking the other way when we feel something looks shady, nor can we walk around with our heads in the clouds...be watchful, and if something doesn't look right to you, point it out to someone that can offer assistance .As I have indicated previously, I would relish the chance to help get one or more of these swine off our streets, ...and I am not alone. Let's work together and do whatever it takes to clean up our town.. Remember, the more eyes that these criminals have to worry about, the less likely they are to succeed. If they know that people are intimidated by them or will allow them to operate with impunity, they will only thrive. Let's work together to crush this pestilence!
PRA January 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Crime is also happening in our schools. Multiple robberies in the HS this week. We have to warn our kids to be watchful and vigilant while in school as well.
Steven DeVaux January 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
PRA, As long as it's not sarcasm, it's not prosecuted. Besides, the Board of Education and parents will blame it on "out-of-town" kids and let it die a death there. Laws, rules, regulations are all useless when not enforced vigilantly and the the full entent of the law by those being paid by townsfolk. Selective enforcement based on favoritism and who-you-know is why it's rampant today.
Brookfield Grad March 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Why does everything always have to turn political in these comments....give it up for once! We realize some people are never happy with town politics but every news story doesn't have to turn into a political topic (as some seem to be trying to do)!

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