Calif. police seek man who snatched nun's purse

AP News
Posted: Nov 24, 2009 5:12 PM

Police in Southern California say a man has been caught on surveillance videotape stealing a nun's purse at a Los Angeles-area supermarket.

San Fernando police say two nuns in full habit were putting groceries in their car on Nov. 10 outside a Food 4 Less store when a man approached and asked where his sister could get food for her children.

As they talked, the man grabbed the purse from the shopping cart. He fled in a minivan driven by another man.

Sister Mary De Leon ran after the vehicle but couldn't catch it.

Police employees later chipped in to buy her a new purse, a scarf and a food gift card. She wrote them a thank-you note and said she'd pray for them to St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers.