Woman suffers heart attack after purse snatching - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman suffers heart attack after purse snatching

Kathy Voss Kathy Voss
Witness Aimee Howe tried to chase down the purse snatcher Witness Aimee Howe tried to chase down the purse snatcher

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police are searching for a purse thief after he reportedly stole a woman's purse from her car while she was sitting in it. The woman, a grandmother, was outside a North Spokane elementary school waiting to pick-up her grandchildren when the theft occurred.

According to witness Aimee Howe, who was also waiting to pick up children, a red mini-van drove up and parked near Heroy and Howard and a man got out wearing black gloves, something that Howe immediately thought was suspicious.

"I saw a white male in a white T-shirt with black gloves on which kind of threw up all the caution flags for me," said Howe. "Why was he wearing gloves, it was so warm..."

Howe says the man the walked up to Kathy Voss' car, reached in through an open window and grabbed Voss' purse.

Voss says the man asked here what time it was and when she looked to see he grabbed her purse and ran.

Howe says she got out of her car and tried to run after the man but he was able to get back to the minivan and get away.

Voss says she only had about $3 in her purse and no medication, which police think may have been the target. Voss did have credit cards which the thief was able to use for an $18 dollar purchase before she was able to cancel them.

Authorities say after the theft Voss suffered a heart attack. She was taken to the hospital and is reported to be doing fine.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5'7" and 5'9" and around 150 pounds. He has blondish hair and acne. He was wearing dark jeans, a white T-shirt and black gloves. Howe says the man was smoking and there was a blonde woman at the wheel of the mid to late 90s red Astrovan.

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