Moose members chase suspected purse-snatcher

A 27-year-old Bradenton man picked the wrong place to perpetrate a crime Aug. 31 when he snatched a wallet from a Moose Lodge member.

Bryan Fossa of 4424 56th Ave., Bradenton, faces a felony robbery by sudden snatching charge.

The victim was at the beach in front of the Moose Lodge No. 2188, 100 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. He returned from the water with his belongings in his hands and sat down at a patio table.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Fossa sat down next to the victim and initiated a conversation. When the victim went to leave, Fossa allegedly grabbed his wallet and fled.

Other Moose members gave chase and caught up to Fossa across the street behind the Circle K store at 110 Gulf Drive N.

Bradenton Beach police officers arrived to find Fossa pinned to the ground by several men, and took Fossa into custody.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held without bond. According to court records, Fossa has several pending charges against him, including failure to appear on resisting arrest charges. He also has a history of burglary, possession and assault arrests dating back to 2007.

Fossa is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1501 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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