Countywide Search Ends For Alleged Purse Snatcher

Days after surveillance photos were released showing a young woman stealing an older woman's purse from her supermarket shopping cart, a 28-year-old woman whose picture was featured in news stories throughout New Jersey was charged in the crime.

Crystal M. Leo of Brick was arrested Feb. 22 by Toms River police after surveillance photos and videos were released by Toms River police showing the purse snatching, which occurred last September in the township Shop Rite supermarket on Route 37 West. In the video, a woman with a shirt that says "Attitude Served Daily" takes a purse from a 65-year-old woman's shopping cart.

"We received numerous tips from the public and thank them for their efforts in identifying Ms. Leo," said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.

The video and still photographs were widely disseminated and viewed through several online news media and social network outlets, receiving 170,000 views on the police department's Facebook page alone, said Stocco.

In the wake of the arrest, police are continuing their investigation to determine if there are any links with other recent thefts of this nature that have occurred in local supermarkets.

At the time the video was released, Stocco said the investigation has led officers to believe that the woman continues to prey on elderly females, and may be involved in more recent thefts that have not been caught on camera.
Heywood February 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Crystal looks like a fine young citizen of Brick. How could she do such a thing?
Matt March 02, 2014 at 06:07 PM
These criminals get more stupid by the minute! Why not wear a neon sign with your name on it!? Dumbass!
grace March 07, 2014 at 05:17 PM
love it @ matt!!
Linny March 11, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Yeah she was caught!!! Thank you thank you thank you.. You cant even trust people that look normal anymore.. now maybe our elderly people can have a little peace in their lives and not have to worry about low lifes like this person.. I hope she is in jail with NO getting out!!!!!


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