Epsom man charged with robbery after taking off with his ex-girlfriend’s purse

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MANCHESTER, NH — An Epsom man faces several charges after allegedly grabbing his ex-girlfriend’s purse and speeding away in his truck after a police officer approached him.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Jobin Drive and Miami Court around 1:40 p.m. on Oct. 16  for a theft in progress call. An officer responded to the scene and spoke with the victim while another officer escaped injury as he attempted to stop the suspect vehicle.

Officer Aaron Stone spoke with the 29-year-old victim who claimed her ex-boyfriend, later identified to police as Gregory Zieroff,  followed her on to Jobin Drive from South Willow Street and blocked her vehicle with his pick-up truck. Zieroff, 33, of Epsom, allegedly reached into her car and forcefully pulled her purse from her, which caused the strap to break. Inside, she had over $200 cash, credit cards and miscellaneous items. Zieroff fled the area, but was spotted a short distance away by an officer working a paid detail.

Officer Colburn approached the male driver and told him to pull over once he stopped at the posted stop sign at Jewett Street and Hayward Street. Zieroff allegedly accelerated rapidly even though the officer had his hand on the vehicle. He soon let go as the driver accelerated north on Jewett Street and through the red traffic light on Valley Street. Officer Colburn was fortunately not injured, but he was able to provide a description of the driver and the suspect vehicle to responding officers, including Officer Tom Florenzo who made contact with the Zieroff a short time later on Mammoth Road.

Officer Florenzo located the Chevrolet Silverado on Mammoth Road, and Zieroff stopped for the officer in front of 1162 Cilley Road. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with  robbery, reckless conduct and disobeying a police officer.

Zieroff was released on personal recognizance bail and scheduled to appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on November 1, 2018.

Three passengers in the truck were identified and released from the scene. Officers located the stolen purse, including the cash and contents, inside of the pick-up truck, which was towed from the scene.