Lafayette police are investigating the latest in a current string of thefts from area coffee shops – this time after a purse was taken from its owner at a Starbucks location in the 3300 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.
Officers were dispatched to the coffee shop at 2:29 p.m., learning that a thief had entered the location and taken a purse its owner had placed on her table. Officers said the customer grabbed the purse as well, leading to a brief tug-of-war between the two. Officers said the owner was eventually overpowered and the suspect fled the business through the front door, getting into a waiting car.
One Good Samaritan had the presence of mind to follow the suspect vehicle as it fled east-bound on Mount Diablo Boulevard. The suspect vehicle entered eastbound Highway 24, where the driver lost sight of it, according to police.
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