Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Purse-snatching suspect in custody



WEST CHESTER TWP. - Police said Monday a Greene County man has confessed to up to 10 felony thefts and/or burglaries and is a suspect in a rash of purse snatchings in Lebanon, Mason, Springboro and West Chester Township.

Reed Cameron Finnell, 19, of Sugarcreek Township, is being held on $15,000 bond at the Greene County Jail in suburban Dayton after his Nov. 13 burglary arrest. He is accused of stealing a neighbor's credit card and jewelry, according to police.

West Chester police last week charged Mr. Finnell with receiving stolen property after he was identified as using a stolen credit card from a recent purse snatching in a Tylersville Road grocery store parking lot. But investigators have not been able to link him to the actual theft, West Chester police Sgt. Mike Quinn said.

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely to be filed, West Chester and Sugarcreek township police said.



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