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Man caught after allegedly snatching purse and phone in Albany

Ward faces one charge of robbery by sudden snatching. Photo: MGN Online

A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged after a purse snatching on North Van Buren Street.

Albany police say that shortly before noon, a 69-year-old woman was in her driveway when she was approached by a man.

The man asked the victim about needing help with the lawn and she said no, her husband does the lawn. He asked if he was at home and she responded no again.

It was then they say that he took her purse and cellphone and left the area on a bicycle.

Police were able to find the suspect and bike fitting the description of the suspect. He was identified as Cornelius Ward.

Ward faces one charge of robbery by sudden snatching.

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