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Name: People v. Thomas
Case #: B169300
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 10/14/2005

Appellant and a companion snatched the victim’s purse while she was loading groceries into her car in a parking lot. Appellant drove the car while her companion cut or broke the strap of the purse and removed it. On appeal, she argued that the evidence was insufficient to support the conviction for robbery; that the offense was nothing more than grand theft from the person. The appellate court rejected the argument and affirmed. A purse snatch can qualify as a robbery depending on the force used. Here, the companion tried to pull the purse away, and succeeded by cutting or tearing the purse strap, pulling with enough force to remove it. The court specifically instructed on the lesser included offense of grand theft from the person, and the jury rejected it.