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Winter Haven police catch suspected purse snatcher

Winter Haven police said they have arrested a man who snatched a purse from a 76-year-old woman today at a store. Von Nicholas Chandler, 26, took the purse from the woman at Dollar General, 2340 8th St. NW, at 12:30 p.m., police said. Chandler fled northbound on Highway 17, but he was located and the victim's belongings were recovered, police said. The victim, who is in town from North Carolina to visit family, was shaken up but otherwise unharmed, police said.
Chandler has been charged with robbery by sudden snatching, theft from the elderly and violation of probation. He was taken to the Polk County Jail.
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