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Two days after emotional Facebook appeal, purse theft suspect arrested

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Police have arrested a suspect in a theft case at a Brooklyn Center laundromat that garnered huge sympathy for the victim's daughter after she took to Facebook with the story.

Brooklyn Center police released photos of the suspect  on Friday afternoon, then announced in the evening that the man had been arrested at his home in Brooklyn Park. He is suspected of taking the purse and its belongings Tuesday afternoon at a local laundromat, located on the 5800 block of Xerxes Avenue.

He did so, police say, while the owner was "incapacitated" and being treated for a medical issue.

The victim was taken to a hospital that day, but on Wednesday suffered another medical event and died while at home.

That same day the woman's daughter, identified as Corie Rae, made an emotional appeal on Facebook asking the thief to return the purse – not for the money or credit cards, but the sentimental valuables.

“All I would like is the pictures and the pieces that mean nothing to you but everything to me,” she wrote.

Police say they recovered the victim's cellphone during Friday's arrest and have returned it to her family.

A new Facebook post from Corie Rae expresses the family's gratitude.

Corie Rae's original Facebook plea was shared nearly 5,700 times.

Even before her mother's phone was recovered, Rae had thanked everyone in a follow-up Thursday, for the “incredible support and kind words.”

The Brooklyn Center Police Crime Prevention Board had offered a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

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