Purse snatching victim upset over Zags tickets - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Purse snatching victim upset over Zags tickets

Marlene Reagan said if she were younger, she would have caught the purse snatcher Marlene Reagan said if she were younger, she would have caught the purse snatcher
Marlene Reagan's purse was snatched while outside of the Spokane Valley WinCo Marlene Reagan's purse was snatched while outside of the Spokane Valley WinCo

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane Valley woman didn't lose any cash, a cell phone or car keys when her purse was snatched at WinCo - instead, the 69-year-old lost her tickets to Monday night's Gonzaga Basketball game.

Marlene Reagan had just finished grocery shopping at the Spokane Valley WinCo on Sunday and was loading up her truck when a woman ran from near the store and grabbed her purse.

At a mere 69-years-old, Reagan was not going to give up easily and chased the young woman across the parking lot, but was unable to catch her.

"I was violated," said Reagan. "It made me mad because I couldn't catch her, it made me mad because she got me."

Reagan said if she were younger, things would have been different.

"I would have caught her in a minute, she would have had to fight me and I would have won," said Reagan. "I was a fighter when I was young."

While Reagan lost no money in the purse-snatching, she did have some personal information in her purse, something that seemed of no consequence compared to her Zags tickets.

"When I realized my Gonzaga tickets were in there... I bawled and bawled and bawled," said Reagan. "My husband thought I was a nut."

Even in her later years, Reagan said this has been a life lesson for her and she wants it to be one for other women as well and hopes that other women will watch their belongings more closely than she did.

Reagan said she is still going to the game, but will not be taking her husband as he made fun of her for worrying so much about the tickets. She'll be taking her daughter instead.

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