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Pam Thompson, seen Thursday, July 18, 2013, had this purse snatched here at Osgood Hornbacher's in Fargo, N.D., on Sunday but rather than give up, she grabbed the thief and held on before being shaken loose at the end of the parking lot. Her purse was retrieved by other women who intercepted the thief. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

With three strangers’ help, pastor’s wife foils brazen theft

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FARGO – Parishioners at Lutheran Church of the Cross in West Fargo know their pastor’s wife, Pam Thompson, is “a little off the beaten path,” as she puts it.

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A brazen would-be thief who’s still on the lam may have a similar feeling about Thompson after he tried to snatch her purse in broad daylight Saturday morning in a grocery store parking lot in Fargo.

Thompson fought off the man, albeit with some help from a few strangers now turned friends.

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