K-State Student Stops Purse Thief

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Riley County police say a Good Samaritan intervened when a woman’s car was broken into and stopped the suspect from getting off with her purse.

On Wednesday, November 28, 2012 around 5 PM, officers were called to the Seth Child Cinemas off of Seth Child Road in Manhattan for the report of a vehicle burglary and criminal damage to property.

Officials say 23-year-old Cory Hendrickson, a Kansas State University student, saw a woman walking away from Toyota 4-Runner in the parking lot after the car’s alarm started going off.

According to police, the passenger side window had been busted out and the suspect had taken a purse from the front seat as the owner, 28-year-old Jenna Bell of Manhattan, sat inside one of the theaters watching a movie.

Hendrickson confronted the suspect and got the stolen purse away from her and called police.

She managed to get away, an RCPD spokesman said.

The suspect is described as a 25-year-old woman, 5’2” with blonde hair, blue eyes and freckles.

Officers responded and gave the purse back to Bell.

Around the same time, the RCPD was notified that another car in the parking lot had sustained damage and they believe it is connected to the first incident. A Wamego man came out of a movie to find the front driver’s side window of his Ford F-150 truck smashed but nothing appeared to be stolen.

The cases are under investigation.