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Midwest City man accused of stealing purse with $1,300 in cash inside

Le Tien, 39, of Midwest City, arrested after police find cash in his pocket. A woman said she left her car door open with her purse on the seat.
by Tim Willert Modified: July 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm •  Published: July 3, 2012

A Midwest City man facing charges in two criminal cases is accused of stealing a woman's purse containing $1,300.

Tien Le, 39, was arrested June 28 on suspicion of grand larceny after the woman told police she left her car door open and the purse on the front seat, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court.

The woman said she left the door open while she removed her child from the car near the intersection of NW 29 and Classen in Oklahoma City.

The woman said an Asian man grabbed her purse and ran, police reported.

Oklahoma City police found a man in the area and the woman identified him as the man who took her purse, according to the affidavit.

Officers found the purse in a trash container nearby and $1,300 — the amount the woman reported missing — in the man's pants pocket, police said.

Le has two felony cases pending — a 2012 unauthorized use of a vehicle and concealing stolen property case, and a 2011 second-degree burglary case.

Le was being held in the Oklahoma County jail, with bail set at $6,000, according to a jail employee.

He pleaded guilty in 2006 to possession of a stolen vehicle, driving under suspension and unauthorized use of a vehicle, records show. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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