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Man fights with thief, reclaims wallet

Posted June 22, 2010 11:13 a.m. EDT

— A 72-year-old Florida man was able to get his wallet back by pursuing the man who stole it and fighting him over it, according to Rocky Mount police.

The man was paying for his room at the Ashburn Inn, at 7531 N.C. Highway 48, late Friday when a man came up behind him in the motel lobby, grabbed his wallet and ran out the front door, police said.

The 72-year-old chased the thief into the motel parking lot, where he saw him get into a green Honda Accord with two other men, police said. The man then jumped onto the car and reached in through the sunroof to fight the thief, police said.

The man grabbed his wallet back before falling off the car as it sped off, police said. He suffered a minor leg injury but didn't require medical attention.

Police were still searching Tuesday for the Accord and the three men in it.