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Nashua police make arrest in purse snatching; still looking for second suspect

Nashua police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a 65-year-old woman last week and are looking for another man said to have been involved.

Police have released surveillance photos of a man they wanted to talk to as part of an investigation into an Aug. 20 incident, in which the woman was thrown to the ground while walking on Congress Street in Nashua around 11 p.m. ...

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Nashua police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a 65-year-old woman last week and are looking for another man said to have been involved.

Police have released surveillance photos of a man they wanted to talk to as part of an investigation into an Aug. 20 incident, in which the woman was thrown to the ground while walking on Congress Street in Nashua around 11 p.m.

Police said a white or Hispanic man wrestled the woman’s purse away from her and fled in a dark-colored pickup truck.

Tips given to police after the surveillance photos were released Tuesday led to the arrest of Bradley Bernard, 35, of 69 Derry St., Apt. B, in Hudson. He is charged with attempt to commit theft, a Class A felony, as well as receiving stolen property and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, which are misdemeanors, police said.

Police are looking for Jerald “JJ” Leith, 26, of Nashua, and have a warrant for his arrest on a charge of felony robbery. He is accused of a approaching the woman from behind and throwing her down, police said.

The woman was able to wrestle her attacker to the ground before he managed to take her purse. She suffered a cracked bone in her foot from the fall, police said.

Bernard’s charges accuse him of using the woman’s credit card after the robbery, including withdrawing more than $1,500 and making purchases at two city convenience stores, police said.

He was released on $3,000 cash or surety bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court on Sept. 30, police said.

Anyone with information about Leith’s whereabouts is asked to call Nashua police at 594-3500.

– JOSEPH G. COTE