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Man caught allegedly trying to steal a purse from a library patron

NIAGARA FALLS – A 44-year-old woman stopped a man who tried to place his hand into her open purse while she sat at a table using a computer at 10:55 a.m. Monday in the Earl Brydges Library, 1425 Main St.

The suspect, Anthony Brinson, Jr., 58, of Center Avenue, was caught by police running in the area of the library after he had fled the building. Brinson was charged with petit larceny.

The victim said Brinson placed his hand into her open purse, with a towel or shirt over his hand, and was grabbing at the contents. She said she yelled at him and grabbed his hand in an attempt to remove his hand. Brinson had allegedly continued to pull at the purse contents, but then let go and fled out a rear exit.