A wanted purse-snatcher was busted by the NYPD yesterday after his bike was run over by a car as he was mid-snatch.

The thief, who was not identified, had just stolen a woman's pocketbook in Chelsea and was making his getaway on his bicycle when a nearby driver, Peter Welsh, heard the victim screaming "He's got my purse!" Welsh swerved to try to block the bike from getting away and inadvertently ran the thief over. He is now in St. Vincents Hospital in critical condition.

Which reminds us: there have been a bunch of nasty bicycle accidents lately so please, even if you are a purse-stealer, we can't stress enough the importance of wearing a helmet when biking in Gotham.

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