Purse snatcher strikes outside library

Victim's purse found on a residential lawn

A 61-year-old Madison woman was the victim of a purse snatcher outside a library Friday, according to police.

The victim told police the thief came up from behind her as she walked outside the Madison Public Library’s Pinney Branch at 204 Cottage Grove Rd. at about 8:16 p.m.

Police said the purse was later found on the lawn of a Buckeye Road home. The cash from the purse had been removed.

The thief is described as a 16- to 20-year-old man, 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a black sweatshirt.