PURSE PINCHED: Mugged mum Jacqueline Cox and her daughter Lar Bartley, who helped chase a thief on Monday night.
PURSE PINCHED: Mugged mum Jacqueline Cox and her daughter Lar Bartley, who helped chase a thief on Monday night. Allan Reinikka

Club patrons pursue purse snatcher

JACQUELINE Cox was collecting her winnings from a poker machine on Monday night when a stranger snatched her purse and bolted.

Fortunately for the Rockhampton mum, quick-thinking patrons at the Brothers Leagues Club raced after him.

“Oi, you've got my purse,” Jacqueline yelled after the man.

She said he picked up his pace and then started running as Jacqueline cried out for help.

Four men who were playing poker jumped from their chairs and chased the man outside and across Lion Creek Road.

Jacqueline's teenage daughter, Lar Bartley, also joined the chase and almost caught the man when he tripped over the fence at Rockhampton High School.

The thief kept running and one of the patrons chased him across the school paddock.

But the bandit was too quick.

For the next 20 minutes people drove around the block and searched the school grounds for the thief.

Jacqueline said it was a security guard on the grounds who found the man and bailed him up before police arrived.

Yesterday, Jacqueline said she wished to say a big thank-you to the strangers who helped catch her thief.

She told The Morning Bulletin she had found some money that must have fallen out of her purse, but the purse itself had not been found.



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