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Date of Issue: June 02, 2010

Purse snatched in Holmes Beach

A woman had her purse snatched in the Publix parking lot at 3900 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, according to a May 25 Holmes Beach Police Department report.


Rashad Austin, 18, of Sarasota, allegedly pulled the purse from the arm of the woman before jumping into a waiting vehicle.

The woman gave HBPD a vehicle description and tag number, and at approximately 9 p.m., a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped the vehicle in the 4200 block of Manatee Avenue West.

The deputy recovered a purse, wallet, diamond cross pendant, credit card and cell phone. There was $100 missing from the wallet.

The woman driving the vehicle said she was unaware of the actions of Austin, her boyfriend. She said they had been at the beach and decided to get some food at Publix.

Austin said he did not tell his girlfriend of his plans and that he decided to rob the woman “just for the thrill of it,” according to the report.

Austin was arrested and faces a charge of unarmed robbery. He was transported to the Manatee County jail without bond.

Mike Quinn, publisher of, contributed to this report.