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NIAGARA FALLS – A 47 year-old woman said a man snatched her purse at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of Spring Street.

The woman said she was looking down at her cell phone as she headed up the stairs to meet the landlord of an apartment she planned to look at. She said a man wearing red nylon trousers and a white V-neck shirt with a red stripe, approached her from behind, grabbed the back of her shirt and her ponytail, and pulled her to the ground.

She said the suspect searched her pockets and grabbed $350 and her New York State benefit card, then fled. The victim was able to locate her phone and call 911.