Murrells Inlet man charged in Myrtle Beach purse snatching

troot@thesunnews.comOctober 9, 2012 

Myrtle Beach police charged a 34-year-old man early Tuesday in connection with snatching a girl’s purse while she was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart store.

Michael Lawrence Delvecchio, 34, of Murrells Inlet was charged with purse snatching and first-degree assault and battery early Tuesday and is being held at the Myrtle Beach Jail pending a bond hearing. Delvecchio was taken into custody at the Myrtle Beach Police Department at 12 a.m. Tuesday.

The charges stemmed from about 10 a.m. Saturday when Myrtle Beach officers were called to Wal-Mart at 541 Seaboard St., for a purse snatching in the parking lot, police said. The victim told police she heard a man’s voice behind her and a vehicle horn.

The victim said a man in a car flagged her down and asked her if she knew where another Wal-Mart was located, according to the report. The victim, who was listed as a juvenile but her age was not in the report, said she was not from the area. She told the man that her husband might know the location of another store.

The victim said the man driving the car then grabbed her purse and drove away, according to the report. The victim said she fell to the ground and cut her the palm of her hands and knees.

The victim said she had various credit cards, a cell phone, $1,400 cash, passports and a set of keys inside her purse, according to the report. A witness told police he saw the vehicle speed off and decided to follow it.

The witness followed the vehicle until the driver parked behind a Kangaroo convenience store at 1695 U.S. 501 and the driver got out and walked toward the station, according to the report. The witness went back to Wal-Mart and police went to the area where the suspect and car was last seen.

Officers found the victim’s purse in the trash can of the men’s bathroom inside the store and returned it to the victim, according to the report. The victim’s cash and keys were missing.

The witness gave police a description of the man and the vehicle’s license plate number.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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