Husband Chases Down Thief, Recovers Wife’s Purse

A stolen purse was recovered by the victim’s husband after he chased down a suspected thief, according to Walnut Creek police.

On Sunday, police received a call of a disturbance in progress at the Countrywood Shopping Center in the 2000 block of Treat Boulevard at approximately 7:18 p.m. Officers arrived and discovered suspect Charles Farmer, 43, had stolen a women’s purse from the front seat of her unlocked parked vehicle. The victim’s husband apparently witnessed the theft and chased Farmer to a nearby vehicle, according to police.

Farmer got into the front passenger side of the vehicle which was driven by Stephanie Nelson,31, police said.

The victim’s husband attempted to stop the suspect vehicle from fleeing by reaching into the vehicle. Both suspects physically hit the victim in an attempt to flee with the purse. Ultimately, Farmer threw the purse on the ground and fled eastbound on foot on Treat Boulevard.

Nelson was detained at the scene and arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery and probation violation, said police. The victim recovered her property but discovered an undisclosed amount of money missing from her purse. Officers conducted an area check and located Farmer hiding approximately two blocks from the robbery, police said. He was arrested for conspiracy to commit robbery, probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of burglary tools.

Nelson was taken to the Martinez Detention Facility and Farmer was transported to the John Muir Medical Center for medical treatment, said police.

The victim sustained a minor injury which did not require medical attention, according to police.

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