Off-duty officer arrests suspect after purse is stolen from home
The foot chase led through a dry-cleaning establishment.
SHARON, Pa. -- An off-duty Southwest Mercer County Regional police officer nabbed a man accused of stealing a purse from a Fifth Avenue home.
Sharon police said Patrolman Marc Adamo was driving on Silver Street around 12:30 p.m. Friday when he noticed a man running along the sidewalk, carrying a purse and looking over his shoulder as though someone were chasing him.
Adamo stopped and identified himself as a police officer, said Capt. Mike Menster of the Sharon Police Department.
The man, later identified as Michael L. Fisher, 45, of Third Street, Greenville, ran off with Adamo in foot pursuit, Menster said.
The chase led to the nearby back door of Master Cleaners at 455 E. State St. Fisher ran through the shop, taking off his shirt in the process, and out the front door, where Adamo caught up with him and held him at gunpoint, Menster said.
Adamo used his cell phone to call for Sharon officers, Menster said.
He said Fisher is accused of entering a home in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue and stealing a purse. Neighbors saw him hanging around, and witnesses saw him come out of the house carrying the purse and run south to Silver Street, where Adamo spotted him, Menster said.
The purse and contents were recovered, and Fisher was arraigned before District Justice James McMahon on a charge of burglary and lodged in Mercer County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.