Dogtown purse snatching in church parking lot

9:55 PM, Oct 1, 2012   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - People in St. Louis' Dogtown neigborhood are on alert after an elderly woman was robbed while walking to Sunday morning mass.

The incident happened near St. James the Greater Catholic Church just before 8 a.m. on Sunday.  The woman was in the parking lot, less than 50 feet from the church entrance, when she was approached by a man who he stole her purse and took off on foot.

"8 a.m. on a Sunday, that's just creepy," says neighbor Maureen Cowan.

The Catholic church sits in the middle of a quiet neighborhood, a neighborhood that Bob Corbett keeps an eye on. He says he heard about the Sunday morning mugging.

"I had a couple of emails this morning from a couple of neighborhood associations," says Corbett who only lives three houses down from the church and says he keeps an eye on his neighbors and vice versa. "Horrified, we hate that sort of thing in the neighborhood because we don't have a great deal of that kind of crime certainly not person on person."

Right in front of Corbett's home is Cowan and Sandra Martin out on an evening stroll.

"I'm horrified because I mean seriously this is a completely safe neighborhood," urges Cowan, who says she walks all the time, sometimes alone and sometimes with cash. "My wallet, which I will not carry anymore."

She says she moved from Richmond Heights to Dogtown and notices a difference in police presence, but knows that it's up to her and neighborhood watch associations to help feel safe.

"I am going to contact my alderman, and see if we can get that more active," she says.

The neighborhood newsletter describes the man getting into a red pickup truck in the area, if you see any suspicious behavior like this you are urged to call police.



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