An army veteran caught a thlef steaIing a purse in Walmart and took immediate action to stop the crlme


An army veteran caught a thlef steaIing a purse in Walmart and took immediate action to stop the crlme

When a thlef made his move on an unsuspecting New Hampshire woman, who was finishing up some shopping at a local Walmart, the last thing he expected was to be given a do-se of instant justice from an Army veteran. But, that’s exactly what happened.

Army veteran Rick White was shopping at his local Manchester Walmart when he was al-erted to a problem unfolding right in front of him by the scre-ams of a woman. That woman was 51-year-old Rhonda Healey, who had been looking at greeting cards when a thlef took off with her wallet.

The thief thought he had found an easy target when he spotted Healey’s wallet sitting in her wide-open purse in the front of her shopping cart, but White, an Army Drill Sergeant who had just recently returned home from a 9-month deployment in Af-ghanistan, was going to teach the thug otherwise.

“Stop him, he has my wallet,” a dis-tressed Healey yelled. Hearing Healey’s scre-ams, the 43-year-old Army veteran leaped into action without hesitation, going after the much younger suspect who he saw take off running in a black hooded sweatshirt.

Before the purse snatcher knew what hit him, White slammed the thief to the ground as the thu-g was trying to make a dash for the exit.

After grabbing the arm of the su-spect and taking him to the ground, White pinned him down in an arm-bar, subduing him until au-thorities arrived as onlookers snapped photos of the impressive scene.

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The su-spect was later identified by police as 24-year-old Alan White — not to be confused with or any known relation to the good Samaritan Army veteran Rick White. Alan White, who police say is homeless, was arr-ested and charged with th-eft.