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Suspects arrested in Las Vegas purse snatching spree

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Suspects arrested in Las Vegas purse snatching spree

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Jan 30, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An arrest report released on Friday reveals what may have led to the end of a purse snatching spree targeting women from North Las Vegas to the northwest part of the valley.

The parking lot of the Cannery Casino in North Las Vegas is where one of the robbery suspects tried to snatch a 79-year-old woman's purse.

If he thought her age made her an easy mark, he was wrong.

Las Vegas police released surveillance photos late last year, looking for a suspect and car used in the spree.

But it was surveillance video that led to the arrest of two suspects.

The video shows a man trying to grab the woman's purse as she walked into the Cannery on Jan. 18.

When she held on, even after being knocked to the ground and badly hurt, the would-be robber jumped into a car, and he and the driver sped away.

On Jan. 29, police arrested brothers, Brent and Raymond Cline, after getting a call from a man claiming to be their father.

According to the arrest report, Sean Schmitt told police the suspects were his sons, and the car used in the robbery attempt was his.

Schmitt also told police when his sons would be home, and when to come and get them.

During separate interviews with detectives, the brothers admitted to the attempted robbery at the Cannery, but there was a spree of successful purse snatchings at other locations, and police are urging other victims to come forward.

Rikki Cheese

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.