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Victim of purse snatching speaks after cops arrest 4

St. Petersburg, Florida -- The woman whose purse was stolen in front of her own home Tuesday has spoken out after deputies arrested four suspects in the case. 

Lynn Aubert, 66, said it was the middle of the day, around 2:30, when the robbery took place. She was sitting in her car in the driveway of her home on Isle Drive when one of the suspects walked up to her.

Deputies from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said the suspect asked Aubert to roll her window down as if he was going to ask for directions, but as Aubert explained, it wasn't directions he wanted. 

"He put a gun in my face and said give me your eff-ing purse," she told 10 News. "I laid on the horn thinking that would scare him away 'cause it would cause attention, but he shouted at me again, reached over and grabbed it."

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He then jumped into a blue Honda CRV and drove off, but it wasn't long before officials were on the case.  

One deputy in the area saw the suspects in the CRV on the Pinellas Bayway and attempted to stop the driver, but when the car kept going, a chase ensued. 

At one point, the CRV tried to make a U-turn in the area of 38th Way South and 50th Avenue, but collided with a deputy cruiser setting off the airbag and disabling the vehicle.

The four passengers then jumped out and ran off near Eckerd College campus.

Within a half hour, deputies, St. Pete Police and K-9 units were able to track all four of them down and arrest them.

Two of the four arrested in the case are juveniles. 


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