Man arrested for snatching purse from elderly woman in St. Pete Publix parking lot

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The St. Pete Police found the man who snatched a purse from an elderly woman outside a St. Pete Publix store.

32-year-old Benjamin L. White was arrested for the crime.

Police said while White was in custody and in handcuffs, he attempted to run from the arresting detectives. He was charged with vehicle burglary and escape.

The incident happened around 7 p.m. last Tuesday at the Publix located at 3030 54th Ave. S.

A St. Petersburg Police Department spokesperson said the man stole the 88-year-old woman’s purse while she was in the driver’s seat of her car.

Police said the man was wearing a grey baseball cap with a brown bill, a dark sweater, dark pants and black shoes with white stripes.

He left Publix in a white Prius. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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