Police said citizens spotted a purse snatcher in action at the Brainerd Walmart parking lot and help police catch him and the getaway driver.
Nina Johnson said she had parked her car and was walking toward the grocery portion of the Brainerd Walmart when a black male grabbed her purse from her shoulder.
He ran to a waiting green vehicle, and the vehicle sped off.
The incident was caught on video, and several other Walmart shoppers saw it as well. Some of them gave chase.
They were still behind the green Hyundai Sonata and were on the phone with police at Wilcox Boulevard and Tunnel Boulevard. An officer pulled the vehicle over on Wilcox.
Police said the black male, Torrence Wellington, jumped out and ran off after tossing some items into a nearby garbage can.
He was caught a short time later after losing his shoes in some woods. He confessed to the purse snatching
Police also took the driver, Lindsay Nicole Morris, 22, of 3926 Arkwright St., Lupton City, into custody.
Both she and Wellington are charged with strong arm robbery.
In the garbage can, police found credit cards and other items belonging to Ms. Johnson.