A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case of a recent drive-by purse-snatching at the Lebanon Kroger, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
At 10 a.m. on Dec. 10, an elderly woman was robbed in the West Main Street store's parking lot by a white male in a silver, four-door Ford Taurus or similar vehicle. The female victim had just gotten out of her car and was walking toward the store when she was approached from behind by the suspect in a moving vehicle.
As is shown in new surveillance photos released by Lebanon police Tuesday, the suspect hung out of the passenger window of the still-moving car and grabbed her purse, which was looped over her arm. The driver of the car then accelerated with the woman's arm still trapped in the purse strap, knocking her to the ground and dragging her for several feet - at one point pulling her into the side of the moving car.
The car sped off and exited on the east side of the shopping center, leaving the victim lying in the parking lot. The victim sustained minor injuries from the attack and lost her purse to the assailant.
The suspect is described a young white male with a slim build wearing dark-colored shorts, a dark or black long-sleeved shirt or jacket with a white stripe across the chest and large print numbers on the back of the jacket (possibly the number 53) and a black baseball cap worn backwards. The vehicle is described as an early to mid-2000 model silver Ford Taurus or similar body style with factory five-spoke wheels and tinted windows.
Lebanon police urge anyone with information in this crime and/or identity of the suspects to call the department at 615-444-2323 or 615-443-2832. Callers may remain anonymous.