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A Jackson man was arrested after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse in the Lacey ShopRite parking lot

A Jackson man was arrested after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse in the Lacey ShopRite parking lot, police said.

Police arrested Adam Tanner, 28, after the department received a 911 call on Saturday, Aug. 11, reporting that a male had stolen a 68-year-old Lacey woman’s purse.

The caller was able to provide a description of Tanner, police said. The caller reported that Tanner fled the scene through the woods toward the Kohl’s parking lot and a witness followed.

Still attempting to flea the area, Tanner was arrested in the Kohl's parking lot, police said.

The witness who followed Tanner had done so until police arrived, also recovering the stolen purse along the way, police said. The witness reported that while in the ShopRite parking lot with his family, he heard the victim yelling for help.

Tanner handed the purse to a female bystander and fled the parking lot to the woods once the witness was chasing him, police said. The bystander then handed the purse to the witness as he pursued Tanner, police said.

The purse was returned to the 68-year-old victim, police said.

Tanner was charged with burglary and theft of movable property. He was sent to Ocean County Jail with bail set at $15,000. Tanner was also found to have two outstanding warrants out of Robbinsville and Jackson. 

Joe August 13, 2012 at 10:04 AM
I love these dirtbag cowards who pray on senior citizens, Good job to the guy who chased his sorry butt down!!
Forked River Mom August 13, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Great job to the unnamed man who ran him down. Not many people would do that.
forthrpeoplebythepeoplescrewthepeople August 13, 2012 at 02:16 PM
It's only going to get worse, people are desperate and no good jobs. All the jobs you hear are created are minium wage crap jobs. That I would not even let my teenagers work. Where they are used for cheap labor. I remember growing up hearing unions are bad from neighbors . Well how do you like the job situation now. Unions were never the problem. Capitalism without greed is what we need.
y o y in this world August 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
glad to hear a lil good news. it is also sad that some people think that there kids should not work a minium paying job. sad to say young kids make it hard for the kids who really do want to work. the kid gets a job but the 1st nice day they run off to the beach or something. doing a no call no show at work. so some places will not hire high school kids. they get money n forget about work. also these jobs wont hire someone with expierence even if u take the cut in pay. hire 2 kids n pay the same as the person who no's the job. this world is sooooooooooooooooooooooo messed up.
Louie August 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Great job the "man" AND the "woman" who chased him!
Amanda Macarthur August 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
What does this have to do wit jobs... nothing this kid was problem lookin for his next fix and didn't have the money so man handled an old lady... i blame the dope before i blame the economy.. if urn a straight minded person no matter what u find a lagit way to make money ... not steel
Amanda Macarthur August 13, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Was probly**
Silver dollar August 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
There is our future . ???
Bytheweigh August 13, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Hey, forthrpeoplebythepeoplescrewthepeople, Shame on you for bashing the "minimum wage crap jobs" you wouldn't even let your kids do! There are many people that take pride in their work and contribution to society by filling these jobs, doing them well, and are very happy to have them, or any job for that matter in today's economy. I'm sure you have taught your children well with that opinion of work ethic! I hope you never are faced with having to work one of these "crap jobs", although it would be sweet justice. Just remember, what you put out into this world, comes back to you.......................
Fed Up August 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Exactly what I was thinking. What does some dirtbag drug addict stealing from a defenseless woman have to do with jobs and the economy? Thank God someone took the time out to do something about it.
grace August 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
dont they teach spelling anymore
Bytheweigh August 13, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Haha to the spelling comment! My thoughts exactly!
lee long August 13, 2012 at 09:14 PM
always love to see a story like this turn out good , i wonder where that guy michael hendrickson is with his "oh the poor guy jus needed a break" or "why dont the lcpd go bust some real criminals hahahahahahahahaha!! lol
kristie August 14, 2012 at 11:53 AM
It was actually a female. I know her and she was so brave!~
beachangel August 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM
New to Town August 14, 2012 at 01:56 PM
@kristie- You are incorrect. The MAN who chased down this low life was my husband. This is not the first time he has put himself in danger to protect others. He is a former Army officer and Iraq veteran. He continues to make his family very proud. I'm so thankful it turned out the way it did. Thinking of the poor woman who was victimized by this creep.
Steve Stevens August 14, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Praying on the weak, what a shocker. Try walking up to a real man and asking for his wallet next time. I am so glad this low life was caught. Get this garbage out of our town. One day he will try stealing from the wrong person. Go get a job loser. Thanks to the brave soul that help catch him.
makemyday August 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
@ New To Town: welcome to Lacey! I would like to thank your husband first for his service to our country and second for helping the Lacey PD catch this thug. We appreciate it.
New to Town August 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM
@simpletruth- Thank you very much for your kind words! We are very happy to be living in Lacey.
JOHNNY Done it August 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM
NEW in town,, Please thank your husband ,I have done the exact same thing , The satisfaction of the guy getting caught & property recovered & most important aiding the victim who is OK ..He knows the feeling (probably a beatdown was in order for the criminal lol ) Thanks for his service to our country too..
laceys_craziest August 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
To New in Town, i would like to say thank you to your husband for serving our country. could never think of what he went through over in Iraq. Glad he is home safe. Also want to say thanks you for being raise the right way. He has put himself out there to help other without a second thought. i wish him nn the family well n hope he never changes.
Been a victim to car theift in driveway August 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
I think you are our neighbors and are so glad to have you on our block....Been in town for 13 years and seen such a difference in crime...It's pathatic we have to make sure our cars are locked in our driveways and that the shop rite and walmart are not safe for our older neighbors...Thanks to your husband and hope you are the "new kids on the block" lol
Joe August 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
@ simpletruth Thank You husband for me. We need more people like your family in Lacey. God Bless our Troops !!!
diane August 16, 2012 at 12:19 AM
New to town.....please thank you husband for his tremendous sacrifice in serving our country and helping this poor lady. And thanks to you too. My sister is married to a full time National Guard Sgt. He has been deployed twice and is going back again and is just under fifty years old. He never complains, just does his duty. These separations are so very hard on my brother in law, my sister and her children ages 16 and 8. So Bravo to you all......God Bless you and thank all of you for your service.
dumbarse August 17, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Penny May 23, 2013 at 02:22 AM
I happen to know the guy arrested and he did have a drug problem. He is a vet himself and severed in Iraq and just made some bad desions when he returned. He is currently still in rehab since this and feels terrible about all of this. But in honesty the man that chased him down actually saved his life. So thank you for that. You did the best thing for him .


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