Elderly Woman Robbed; Community Teams Up, Catches Suspect In Melbourne

By  //  April 16, 2016

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Charged with Three Felonies

Melbourne Police Department arrested 30-year-old Bryan W. Lettiere for Robbery of a person 65 years or older Friday morning. (BCSO Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Melbourne Police Department arrested 30-year-old Bryan W. Lettiere, of Melbourne, for robbing an elderly woman Friday morning, according to Melbourne Police.

According to a release by Melbourne Police, the suspect allegedly approached the woman exiting the Walgreens at the corner of Eau Gallie Blvd. and Wickham Rd. then snatched the victims’ purse that resulted in her falling to the ground.

The suspect escaped on a bicycle, however, a county worker in the area saw the incident take place then tackled the suspect to recover the victims’ purse.

The suspect was able get away and escape on a bicycle.

An off-duty BCSO reserve deputy was on-hand at the time and assisted the victim.

When officers arrived, Officer Greg Hughes and Officer Chris Livingston noticed a bicycle matching the description parked in front of a house on Sadler Ln.

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Officers investigated and interviewed witnesses at the scene which led to police arresting Lettiere and charging him with three classified felonies:

• Larceny Pocket Picking, greater than $300, less than $10,000, person greater 65-years-old

• Robbery Sudden Snatch without a firearm or weapon

• Battery on a person greater than 65-years-old

Lettiere was booked at the Melbourne Police Department and turned over to the Brevard County Jail.

The suspect’s bond is set at $12,000.

No information on the victim’s status is known at this time.

“This is another great example of the community and their police department working together to solve crime and reduce victimization of crime,” said a spokesperson with the  Melbourne Police Department.

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