Huntsville police arrest purse snatching suspect

Fredrick Burkfield

The Huntsville Police Department arrested a suspect they say stole women’s purses in the medical district and Meridian Street areas and then went to local businesses to use credit cards he found in them.

Posted: Mar 21, 2019 11:07 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2019 12:37 PM

The Huntsville Police Department arrested a suspect they say stole women’s purses in the medical district and Meridian Street areas and then went to local businesses to use credit cards he found in them.

Fredrick Burkfield, 49, was arrested Wednesday and charged with driving with a suspended license, burglary, two counts of third-degree theft, four counts of fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, and identity theft.

Lt. Michael Johnson, police spokesman, said Burkfield would walk in off the street and go into offices of local businesses, including Huntsville Hospital, the Big Brothers, Big Sisters and Averbuch Management Company, Service 1st Bank, and Regency Health and Rehab.

Johnson said Burkfield has current cases on similar charges in Athens and Decatur.

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