Police: Man snatched purse from shopping cart

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A Fort Myers man is behind bars after witnesses said he snatched a woman’s purse from her shopping cart at a Naples market.

The victim told Naples police she was in the parking lot at 4129 U.S. 41 N. when a man grabbed her purse from the cart. A bystander then chased the thief across the street and confronted him behind a nearby restaurant.

The bystander told officers that the thief began to run away, but came back to grab a backpack he had left behind the restaurant. The bystander and the thief fought over the backpack, which tore apart, leaving the men to grab what they could.

The thief then ran away, according to an arrest report.

The bystander returned to the market, where he met officers and turned over the items he had recovered. Police found papers with the name Peter Slone and developed him as a possible suspect.

Slone, 20, was arrested at the police station after being interviewed by detectives. He faces a felony charge of grand theft.

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