Father sees video of Boynton Dunkin' Donuts purse-grab and tells police: ‘That's my son'

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. -- A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly snatching a purse out of a Dunkin' Donuts customer's hand after his father recognized him on a video which captured the crime, according to Boynton Beach Police.

Michael Ginger Jr., of suburban Boynton Beach, is facing charges of petit theft and robbery by sudden snatching. Ginger Jr.'s bond amount was not immediately available this morning.

City police were called to the Dunkin' Donuts at 2728 S. Federal Hwy. Monday around 10 a.m. to investigate a robbery. The 911 caller, Fredda Steidle, said she was waiting for her change at the counter when a man came up behind her and grabbed her purse, according to a Boynton Beach Police probable cause affidavit.

Dunkin' Donuts employee Alycia Morrison told police she heard Steidle scream and then saw the man, later identified as Ginger Jr., run out of the store.

Morrison jotted down the license plate number of the grey Mitsubishi Sedan Ginger Jr. drove off in.

Police tracked down the owner of the car, Ginger Jr.'s dad Michael Ginger Sr., who said that Ginger Jr. was driving the car.

Morrison and Steidle were unable to identify Ginger Jr. in a photo lineup.

However, an officer later met with Ginger Sr. at a nearby Wells Fargo bank to review video surveillance of the crime. After watching the video and seeing Ginger Jr. wearing an "Excelsior" T-shirt and a backwards baseball cap, Ginger Sr. said "that's my son," according to the affidavit.

Around 4:30 p.m. Ginger Sr. called police and said his son was on his way to turn himself in.

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