PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP -- The Lake County Sheriff's Office is trying to identify a male who tried to steal a purse from an elderly woman at Giant Eagle.

According to the Sheriff's Office, surveillance video shows the male loitering in the lobby of the store, located at 1201 Mentor Ave.

He then approached the woman, who had just put her purse in a shopping cart. He grabbed for her purse, and a struggle ensued and the shopping cart was knocked over in the process.

The male fled east on the railroad tracks leading into the city of Painesville.

Police are also trying to identify the victim, who left prior to deputies' arrival.

The male is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds.He was wearing a black knit hat with a gray wool coat, blue jeans and blue canvas shoes. He had no facial hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff's Office at (440) 350-5620.

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