Man puts 60-year-old woman in ‘bear hug,’ snatches purse

MADISON (WKOW) — A 60-year-old woman had just finished shopping Sunday afternoon at the Home Depot on Verona Road when she said a “growling” stranger came up from behind and placed her in a bear hug.

The man yanked away the victim’s purse and took off, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

The victim began yelling: “Robbery!”

Concerned passersby came to her aid and saw the purse thief get into a burgundy Pontiac Torrent.

Detectives are using surveillance video and images recorded by a witness in an attempt to identify a suspect.

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