Miami Twp. police looking for purse snatching suspect

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Township police need your help finding a man they say stole an elderly woman’s purse.

Police have spent the last few days following up on tips, but so far no arrests have been made. They’re now hoping someone will recognize the man in the video and turn him in to authorities.

The robbery happened Thursday outside a Target store in the 2300 block of Miamisburg Centerville Road in Dayton. In the video, you can see the suspect in black walking by the woman in pink. All the sudden he snatches her purse and runs off.

The elderly woman then chases after him, but falls on the concrete just as he goes out of the camera’s view. Some shoppers are on edge knowing a suspect is still on the loose.

“It’s very scary,” Vicki Unger said. “You don’t think about it on a beautiful day like today.”

“It makes you feel leery to go shopping,” Jean Deleranko said. “Especially after dark. You really have to be careful.”

Moments before the robbery, the same man was caught on camera leaving the store. He last seen wearing red tennis shoes, black basketball shorts, a gray t-shirt and a red hat.

Police say he also has numerous tattoos on his arms and legs. Shoppers like Jean Deleranko are eliminating distractions in order to best stay safe.

“Watch what you are doing rather than texting or talking on the phone,” Deleranko said. “You really need to be careful. It is scary. I think about myself and my daughters and my mother-in-law. Elderly people are just very vulnerable.”

“I always try to just be paying attention,” Unger said. “Watch who is in the parking lot and where  I’m going and just be aware.”

Police say he was seen leaving the scene in gold or silver 2 door car.

If anyone recognizes this man, please contact Detective Dan Wessling at the Miami Township Police Department at 937-531-4064. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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