POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:25pm
SMITH COUNTY — On Tuesday afternoon, Hassan Snoubar of Lindale was having dinner with his family when his sister starting screaming from the driveway that someone snatched her purse right before her eyes.
"When I heard that I just kind of got prompt and kind of got crazy and just you know got in her car and told her 'Which way did he go?'" Snoubar said.
So Snoubar took off -- he eventually caught up with the thief parked on the side of FM 849 in Smith County.
"I thought he had a gun, that's why I didn't get too close to him when I saw him parked on the side of the road of 849. I just glanced at him from the window and said 'Whats up?' See what is he gonna do you know?" Snoubar said.
That's when the thief put his white Neon in reverse and took off. Snoubar followed -- while his sister was calling 911 from home.
The chase finally ended with a crash on County Road 427. The driver was taken into custody.
The interesting part about it all is where the car ended up. Authorities on scene believe the driver of the car actually burglarized that place earlier in the day.
Victor Thomas is the owner of the home. Earlier in the day, authorities believe that same thief who crashed into his yard had taken a bag of percussion equipment right out of Thomas' truck earlier the day.
"You hate to see this stuff happen and my truck was unlocked because of a false sense of security that we enjoy here most of the time," Thomas said.
Thomas plays percussion at his church in Lindale. So he had a Bible in his bag with his contact information in it that authorities were able to return to him Tuesday afternoon.
Thomas says he's had run-ins with thieves before. He even held one at gunpoint until the police arrived.
"People who are taking things wrongly from other people need to look out. Because people are getting tired of being victims," Thomas said.