Man charged in purse snatching

Jefferson Montenegro accused of stealing woman's purse

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Coral Gables police arrested a man accused of stealing an elderly woman's purse as she walked to her car.

Police arrested 30-year-old Jefferson Montenegro on Sunday. He was charged with grand theft and robbery by sudden snatching.

Montenegro stole a woman's purse in the 100 block of Giralda Avenue on March 24, police say.

The Coral Gables Police Department says long-term trends show crime is down despite a recent spike in burglaries, automobile thefts, and purse snatchings.

Last month, a woman visiting from Turkey was dragged by a car when a man stole her purse in the parking lot of a hotel.

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