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Mentor police charge BW3 purse-snatcher with felony

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MENTOR -- Mentor police credit the community and Facebook for their arrest of Kelsey Crute, 23, of Mentor, a suspect in the purse-snatching at the BW3 in Mentor on Friday.

Police officially charged Crute Wednesday with felony theft, because the victim's credit card was also stolen because it was inside the purse.

Based on information received via the Mentor Police Facebook page, police responded to a car wash where Crute was caught on Tuesday.

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At the time of the arrest, Crute was found to be in possession of dangerous drugs -- prescription medication not prescribed to her -- and was charged with that as well.

Police said Crute admitted she stole the purse to buy heroin, but no heroin was found in her possession.

The purse was recovered and returned to the victim.

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