MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — A good Samaritan was able to stop a wallet-snatcher in a New Hampshire Walmart on Tuesday, police say.

Authorities said a 51-year-old woman was looking at holiday cards at about 5 p.m. when a man walked by and took her wallet out of her purse sitting in her shopping cart.

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“Stop him. . . he has my wallet,” the woman yelled, according to police.

Manchester police said 45-year-old Richard White, a nearby customer, heard the woman’s screams and saw the suspect running. White grabbed the suspect’s arm, pinned him to the ground and detained him until officers arrived.

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Police identified the man as 24-year-old Alan White, who is homeless. Alan White was arrested and charged with theft and also for lying about his identity.

“As a reminder, do not leave purses unattended while shopping,” police said in a statement. “Carry your purse close to your body to make yourself less of a target from a purse snatcher.”


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