Milwaukee firefighters track down purse robber

CREATED May 24, 2014

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 MILWAUKEE -- A would-be purse snatcher picked the wrong place to attempt a robbery.

He tried to grab a woman's purse right in front of Milwauke Fire Department Engine House 6.

A group of firefighters heard the commotion and sprinted after the robber, tackling him a couple blocks later.

"We do more than just fight fires," says Battalion Chief Dewayne Smoots. "we are ambassadors to each community. Our job is to make it better there than it was before."

The woman later delivered a cake to thank the firefighters.