Purse-snatcher targets 3 women in East Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. - Orange County investigators are asking for information regarding a man involved in three robberies within a seven-hour period.

The first incident happened about 6 p.m. Monday at the Walmart along Colonial Drive. The robber followed a woman through the store, then stole her purse and ran off towards a getaway car.

The man attempted another purse snatching later that night near the Regal Cinemas on Alafaya Trail. Authorities said he sprayed the victim with pepper spray, but was unable to get her purse.

About 1:30 a.m., the man returned to the Walmart location and stole another purse by distracting the victim, authorities said.

The getaway vehicle is described as a green or black older-model SUV such as a Tahoe or Suburban.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimeline or the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.