Crime

February 4, 2013

Myrtle Beach police charge four teens in purse snatching outside mall

Myrtle Beach police charged four teens during the weekend in connection with a purse snatching outside Coastal Grand Mall last month, according to authorities.

Myrtle Beach police charged four teens during the weekend in connection with a purse snatching outside Coastal Grand Mall last month, according to authorities.

Bryson Andrew Messer, 17, Morgan Chase Stevens, 16, and Hunter James Richardson, 16, were charged Saturday, while Tanner Charles Scholl, 17, was charged Sunday with purse snatching, Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said. Stevens and Richardson are being tried as adults.

The charges against the teens stemmed from about 1 p.m. Jan. 12 when a 61-year-old woman told police her purse was snatched from her outside Coastal Grand Mall, police said.

The victim told officers she was walking to her vehicle when someone came up behind her, grabbed her purse and they struggled over it, according to the report. The victim said she was pulled to the ground, which caused minor injuries to her knees and foot.

The victim said the suspect got into a dark blue SUV and a witness tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away, according to the report. The witness said he stepped in front of the vehicle and put his hands on the hood, but the driver kept moving toward him so he stepped to the side.

The witness said he grabbed the passenger side mirror and broke it as the vehicle sped away, according to the report. The victim told police her purse, was valued at $1,200 and contained $600 sunglasses, a $200 wallet, a $600 cellphone, various credit cards and identification and $100 cash.

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