Andrew Thomson, 16, of 2961 Ontario Ave., who was accused of two purse thefts earlier, was arrested shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday in the midst of another attempt, police said.
Thomson was taken into custody in the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue by Officer Darlene Elder and charged with attempting to steal a purse from a woman leaving a supermarket. The woman struggled and kept the purse, police said.
Detectives Anthony Conte and William Szczykutowicz said they also charged Thomson with taking a purse last Sunday from Minnie Tallo, 78, who lost $50 and was injured when she was knocked down. He also was accused of taking a purse from another woman on Portage Road at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He was scheduled to appear in City Court today.