Police arrest man who allegedly stole a purse then stole a vehicle

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 25, 2015
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Decatur Police have arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse, then stole her vehicle.

Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said that on Sunday, May 24 at 8:04 pm, police responded to a theft call in the 600 block of East Lake Drive.

“The victim and several witnesses reported the suspect grabbed a purse that was sitting in a chair and fled on foot,” Ross said. “At approximately 8:49 pm, Decatur Police responded to Oakview Road and East Lake Drive in reference to a stolen vehicle that just occurred.”

Ross said the vehicle belonged to the woman who’d had her purse stolen. The key to her vehicle was inside. A witness trailed the suspect and called police. Officers found the vehicle at Spring and McKoy Streets after it had crashed into another vehicle and a privacy fence. The witness told police the suspect had jumped out of the driver’s seat while the vehicle was still moving. He told the officers the suspect was hiding behind a house nearby.

“Officers located the suspect hiding behind a tree in a backyard in the 200 block of Spring Street,” Ross said. “The suspect sustained lacerations to his knees.  There were no other injuries.  The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Octavious Morrell of DeKalb County, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, driving on a suspended license, hit and run and theft by taking of an auto.”


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  • Darren

    Looks like this piece of trash has been arrested for similar crimes at least twice before in the last 2 years. Why is he not behind bars?

  • Rick Derris

    Darren, because he was a juvenile before now. Most criminals, like this guy, have been arrested multiple times before they are 18 and are let out by the courts. Time and time again. It’s incredibly frustrating for most police folks who are simply waiting, along with the community, for them to be able to be tried as an adult where more significant punishment can be handed down.

  • HeDinDoNuffin

    He’s 18 now.
    And with the past record.. looking at some real big boy prison time.

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