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A thief who steals a handbag from the person carrying it.
thief, petty thief, sneak thiefView synonyms
- ‘When residents of a Malaysian town chased a purse-snatcher, they were shocked to find out the culprit was actually a cop.’
- ‘A purse snatcher in Long Island City started taking off his clothes as he yelled and cursed at arriving cops.’
- ‘Four cops were injured after chasing three teenage purse-snatchers who had attacked and robbed a pair of Spanish tourists in Central Park.’
- ‘A purse snatcher was busted in Greenwich Village after he shoved a woman head first into a metal scaffold.’
- ‘With so many people pressed together in metro stations, there's always the chance that a pickpocket or purse-snatcher is looking for a potential victim.’
- ‘An alleged purse-snatcher led police on a chase through Dorchester yesterday before smashing the truck he was driving into a police cruiser.’
- ‘The crush of tourists who each year flood into Rio for Carnival are seen as easy pickings by the city's purse-snatchers and pickpockets.’
- ‘The brave shopper suffered a four-inch cut across his lip and chin during a violent struggle with a purse-snatcher.’
- ‘I once chased a purse snatcher through Central Park, warning I'd cut him with a knife I didn't have.’
- ‘How far would you go to fight a purse-snatcher?’
- ‘Remember to protect yourself against purse-snatchers and pickpockets.’
- ‘We have watched him before on the CCTV and we believed he was a purse snatcher.’
- ‘Pickpockets and purse snatchers are common all over Cairo.’
- ‘Shoppers must be on their guard after purse snatchers struck in Clacton and Jaywick.’
- ‘The increased number of volunteers we have working in the area this year seems to have acted as a deterrent to many a would-be purse snatcher or pickpocket.’
- ‘A ghoulish purse-snatcher committed numerous grave offenses at Staten Island funeral homes by posing as a mourner and making off with grieving relatives' belongings.’
- ‘A well-dressed, well-coiffed daytime purse-snatcher has been targeting unsuspecting women as they lunch at Midtown tourist spots.’
- ‘The carnival regularly attracts armies of purse snatchers and pickpockets who find easy prey among the revellers.’
- ‘In these crowded public spaces, however, pickpockets, purse-snatchers and con-artists are common.’
- ‘He was a boyhood thief, a purse-snatcher and reform-school inmate.’
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