Ithaca teen arrested for grand larceny in recent purse snatching

A 16-year-old Ithaca resident was arrested this week and charged with grand larceny after an investigation into a robbery that occurred last week, police say. The victim had met the suspect “in order to sell a purse.”

According to the Ithaca Police Department, officers responded about 2:20 last Thursday afternoon on the 100 block of North Cayuga Street, when a victim reported a black male with a thin build, wearing black pants and a black shirt, had stolen a purse that was for sale. “While the victim was showing the purse to the suspect, the suspect pulled the purse from the victim’s grasp and fled the area on foot,” police said last week. The victim wasn’t hurt.

Police aren’t releasing the name or booking photo of the suspect who was arrested Wednesday due to his age. The 16-year-old is being charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a class E felony.

The crime of grand larceny includes any theft where property is stolen from a person, so “the action of physically removing the purse from her hands” made the theft a grand larceny regardless of the value of the stolen item, IPD Sgt. Matthew L. Cowan tells us.

The suspect was released on an appearance ticket for September 13 in Ithaca City Court.

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