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Suspect Caught Hiding in Port-A-Potty

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Police looking for a purse snatcher were able to 'flush' the suspect from his hiding place -- which happened to be a portable toilet.

Twenty-one-year-old Johnny Snodgrass of New Martinsville is charged with petit larceny. He's accused of taking the purse of an 89-year-old woman at a Moundsville Wal-Mart on March 29th. The woman was not injured and didn't notice her purse was missing until she went to the checkout counter.

After getting a tip from the mother of Snodgrass' girlfriend, four Moundsville and New Martinsville officers went to a New Martinsville construction site where he was working on Monday to question him.

Moundsville Police Chief James Kudlak says Snodgrass tried to hide in a portable restroom but the officers yelled for him to come out and he soon complied.

Kudlak says a Port-A-Potty is not a good place to hide because there's only one way out.

After questioning the suspect, the Moundsville officers were able to secure an arrest warrant. Snodgrass is now being held at the Northern Regional Jail.


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