Oxford police say a traffic stop Friday led to the arrest of a man suspected in a purse-snatching incident at Quintard Mall earlier this week.

Lamon Arnold, 44, of Anniston faces a charge of receiving stolen property after Oxford police pulled him over on U.S. 78 near the Del Ray subdivision around 2 a.m. Friday.

Arnold was driving a silver 2004 Chevy Impala at the time, according to court records. Police had been looking for a car that matched that description after a purse-snatching incident at Quintard Mall, said Oxford police Capt. L.G. Owens.

Owens said a Randolph County woman on Wednesday reported that a man took her purse at the mall.

“She and her sister were getting out of the car, and someone just came up and grabbed her purse,” Owens said. Police got a description, from witnesses, of the car the purse-snatcher used to flee.

Early Friday morning, Oxford police stopped Arnold for alleged reckless driving. When the police checked the license plates on the car, Owens said, they discovered the Impala had been reported stolen in Anniston on Wednesday.

Arnold’s receiving stolen property charge stems from his possession of the car, according to court records. He’s also charged with reckless driving, failure to yield to emergency vehicles and driving with a suspended license, according to court records.

Owens said another charge, third-degree robbery, is likely, as Arnold is now a suspect in the purse-snatching. Owens said most of the items in the victim’s purse were recovered, but were not found in the car itself. Asked if witnesses had identified Arnold as the purse thief, Owens declined to comment, saying that matter was “trial material.”

Arnold was initially held on $15,000 bond, but jail records Saturday showed he was no longer in the Calhoun County Jail.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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