Last updated: April 07. 2014 9:37PM - 4535 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Customers at a convenient store foiled a purse snatching Sunday by tackling the suspect and holding him down until police arrived.

City police were dispatched to the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 616 Hazel St. shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday for a report of customers detaining a male who stole a purse from a vehicle.

Upon arriving, officers observed several males holding another male down on the ground. They were surrounded by other patrons and store employees, police said.

The witnesses told police they saw the male reaching into the back seat of a car and removing a purse. They said they grabbed the purse and wrestled the male to the ground, detaining him until police arrived, police said.

The victim identified the suspect as the man who took her purse, police said.

Officers asked the suspect his name, and he allegedly told them he was Cody Conniff. Police checked with the Luzerne County County Communications Center and were told no record could be found for a Cody Conniff.

Officers told the suspect he was part of an official investigation and again asked him what his name was. Police said he again told them he was Cody Conniff.

Officers then dialed up a relative from the suspect’s cell phone contact list. The relative told police the phone belonged to her nephew, Dustan Conniff. Luzerne County 911 informed officers that Conniff had active warrants for his arrest from the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Office.

Conniff was transported to Wilkes-Barre Police headquarters for processing and was then taken to Luzerne County Correctional Facility to be detained on the arrest warrants. Police said charges related to the attempted purse snatching will be filed at a later date.

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