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Alleged Urbana purse snatcher indicted

A man accused of trying to steal a woman’s purse outside of Big Lots store in May has been indicted by a Champaign County grand jury.

Dustin M. Macy, 26, was indicted Thursday on one count of robbery and one count attempted petty theft.

Macy was arrested by Urbana police May 1 after he allegedly tried to rob a 63-year-old Urbana woman in the parking lot of Big Lots, 747 Scioto St.

According to a police report, the victim said she was confronted by Macy after exiting her car in the parking lot. He approached her and demanded cash but she refused to turn over the purse.

She was able to tell a person on the other end of her wireless phone headset that she was being robbed and gave information about her assailant over the phone.

Macy fled without the purse, but was arrested in the parking lot of Dance Studio on U.S. 68 later that day.

Macy’s criminal history includes attempted assault, which he was found guilty of April 29 in Champaign County Municipal Court. He pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor theft charges in 2011. He’s being held in the Tri-County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bond.

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