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Purse snatching suspect charged with 16 offenses in Hilo

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    Bronson I. K. Lee, 25, was charged Tuesday with five counts of theft, three counts of forgery, four counts of identity theft and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.
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A 25-year-old purse-snatching suspect was charged Tuesday with 16 offenses ranging from theft to forgery in Hilo, Hawaii County police said.

Bronson I.K. Lee, a Hilo man, is accused of stealing an 87-year-old woman’s purse at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday at a drug store on Puainako Street.

Police said the woman’s credit card was used at two nearby businesses.

Police arrested Lee at 2:40 p.m. Sunday in a home improvement store parking lot on Makaala Street.

Lee was charged with five counts of theft, three counts of forgery, four count of identity theft and four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. His bail was set at $44,250.

Lee is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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