Man steals off-duty deputy's purse, gun


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Authorities are searching for the man they say stole an off-duty deputy's purse that held her badge and gun at a grocery store.

Winter Haven police said the Polk County deputy was entering the store Saturday night when the suspect snatched her bag and jumped into a silver SUV.

The deputy's credentials along with her .380 Ruger still inside its holster were in the purse. The deputy was not identified.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).