A Jessup man was arrested on a theft charge Saturday after a purse-snatching incident outside a High's convenience store on U.S. 1, county police said.

Police said a 34-year-old Laurel woman was walking to her car outside the High's store in the 7900 block of U.S. 1 when a man grabbed her purse and ran off shortly before 9:15 p.m. The purse contained a small amount of cash.

The woman gave police a description of the suspect, who was last seen running southbound on the highway, police said.

After a briefsearch, officers arrested Tony Randolph Smith, 24, of U.S. 1, about a half-mile from the High's store. He was charged with one count of theft, police said.

Smith was released on his own personal recognizance. The purse was not recovered, police said.

The woman was not injured.


A compilation of some of the crimes reported to Howard County police:


6200 block Setting Star: May 28, someone entered a home through an unlocked patio door at about 1 a.m. and crept up to a woman sleeping on a couch. The person touched the woman, who woke up and screamed, causing the prowler to run away withoutfurther incident.

5800 block Stevens Forest Road: May 26, a resident reported hearing a prowler attempting to get in the home at approximately 1:30 a.m. A man was seen running from the home.

6500 Waterloo Road: May 24, a television and videocassette recorder were stolen sometime before 11:55 p.m. from a home entered through a rear window.

6300 block Open Flower: May 23, a prowler entered a home at approximately 3 a.m. after prying open a second-story screen window. Theman fled when the resident of the home woke up.


15800block Frederick Road: May 27, several household items and a handgun were reported stolen at 11 p.m. from a home entered through a rear window.

Ellicott City

16700 A.E. Mullinix Road: May 25, several pieces of jewelry were reported stolen at 10 p.m. from a home entered through rear patio doors.


9600 Barrell House Road: May 23, cash and coins were taken sometime before 11 a.m. from a home entered through unknown means.

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