Alleged purse snatcher behind bars
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police have arrested a suspected purse snatcher who, they said, preyed on an elderly woman in Coral Gables.
Last week, Coral Gables Police were investigating a series of purse robberies and home burglaries. Tuesday, police said, they arrested a man connected to one of those crimes.
Jefferson Montenegro, 30, was arrested and charged with robbery by sudden snatching and third degree grand theft.
Police said Montenegro snatched the purse of 81-year-old Hortensina Alonso near the100 Block of Giralda Avenue. The robbery was caught on camera in a parking lot.
Alonso said she is very happy Montenegro is behind bars. "He defeated me. Everyday I would think about the purse snatching, not because of the purse but because of the way he took it from me. Oh, my God," Alonso said through a translator.
Among the items stolen from her were a Gucci wallet and two pairs of sunglasses. Alonso is not sure if she will ever get these items back.
Police said Montenegro has a rap sheet that dates back to 2005 with charges that include burglary, aggravated battery and petty theft.
He is being held at the Miami-Dade County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
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