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Social network users helped Galax police catch a purse-snatching suspect last week.

By Staff Reports

The Galax Police Department credits social networking and help from citizens for finding the suspect in a purse snatching last week.


Larceny suspect Joshua Todd Davis, 22, of Woodlawn, was identified and charged with grand larceny after Walmart security cameras caught a person fitting his description in the act of stealing a woman’s purse.
A still from Walmart’s security cameras was posted on the police department’s Facebook page on Nov. 21. Police requested help from the public to identify the suspect.
According to the police report, Davis allegedly removed a female’s purse and stole the contents after she had dropped it.
A still photo of the suspect vehicle, believed to be a Silver Mitsubishi, was also posted on Facebook.
According to police, several tips were called in shortly after the photos were posted.
Davis contacted the police department himself at around 10:30 p.m. that same day. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner.
Davis was released on a $1,000 bond, pending an appearance in Galax General District Court.
“This case shows the power of police and citizens working together to solve crime and recover property,” said Police Chief Rick Clark. “We appreciate working in a community where so many people care!”

To provide information to the police about any future incidents, call 236-8101 or text GALAX to TIP411. Tips submitted by text are anonymous. Also, add the Galax Police Department on Facebook to receive regular updates.