An 82-year-old woman buying items at a West Columbia Kmart lost her purse to a thief and West Columbia police are looking for the suspect.
Around 6:40 p.m. Aug. 25, the unidentified woman was putting her purchases in her trunk at the Charleston Highway Kmart when the suspect came up behind her and grabbed her purse.
Police say the woman fought back and was dragged on the ground by the suspect, suffering minor injuries. She required stitches in one hand.
The suspect ran and was chased by a witness, but he escaped.
The suspect is described as a black man between 130 and 140 pounds, wearing a turquoise shirt, black jeans and a black baseball hat.