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2 arrested after purse-snatching attempt

By Mark Young, Islander Reporter

Mathew Foster, 24

Ian Beck, 22

Two men were booked into the Manatee County jail on felony grand theft charges after a failed purse snatching in Holmes Beach.

Mathew Foster, 24, of Parrish, and Ian Beck, 22, of Bradenton, were arrested Aug. 25 near the 100 block of 45th Street.

According to the arrest report, Foster tried to steal a purse belonging to a woman on the beach, but was spotted by the victim, who yelled “thief” and then gave chase.

Foster dropped the purse and attempted to jump into a nearby truck being driven by Beck, but failed to gain entry. Beck drove away from the scene, while Foster fled in the same direction on foot.

Holmes Beach Police Department officers responded and observed Foster running, as well as Beck’s vehicle, which had been identified by the victim.

One officer pursued Foster and quickly subdued him in the 4600 block of Second Avenue. A second officer initiated a traffic stop on Beck. According to the report, Beck quickly implicated Foster, by saying, “My friend took the purse.”

According to the report, Beck later admitted he brought Foster and another man to the beach to steal purses.

Foster allegedly admitted to stealing the purse.

Upon further investigation, police learned Beck’s driver’s license was suspended.

Both men were arrested on felony grand theft charges and Beck’s vehicle was towed.

The vehicle allegedly contained bolt cutters and numerous cut locks in the vehicle. Police also found a jewelry box containing a pearl necklace, bank cards, a glass pipe, hammers, two syringes and a metal spoon.

Both men were booked into jail on $1,000 bond and were scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 21, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

Beck was rearrested Sept. 1 for a charge of burglary to an unoccupied structure and bond was revoked. He remains in custody.

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