Three arrested for purse snatching in Dalton
DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- Tuesday night, the Dalton Police Department arrested Robert Michael Deel, 26, and Troy Allen Petruzzi, 17, on charges related to a pair of purse snatching robberies that occurred earlier in the day.
Deel and Petruzzi are both charged with robbery by forcible purse snatching and criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor. Justin Michael Officer, 22, turned himself in Friday morning on a warrant for the same charges.
After receiving a report of a purse snatching robbery at the Walmart on East Walnut Avenue which was being investigated by the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, Dalton officers responded to a report of a purse snatching at the Kroger on West Walnut Avenue. That incident happened at approximately 1:15 p.m.
A store employee on break was sitting on a bench in the breezeway near the shopping carts in front of the store when she saw two males approach through the breezeway. After the two men talked with each other, they split up and one suspect, described as a Hispanic male wearing a dark jacket and lighter colored hoodie, approached the victim and asked for a cigarette.
When the victim reached out to hand him one, he grabbed her purse instead and ran around to the back of the store. Investigators were later able to retrieve surveillance video from a neighboring store which showed a small, silver two door car leaving the parking lot at the time of the incident.
Several hours later, a DPD detective on his way home from his shift spotted a vehicle matching the description and followed it into the Wal-Mart parking lot on Shugart Road.
Officers met with the men in the vehicle, Deel and Petruzzi, and determined that they were involved in the incidents.
After conducting more interviews back at the Police Services Center, Deel and Petruzzi were arrested and a warrant was issued for Officer's arrest.