Grinch steals purse from senior at Vernon mall

RCMP looking for information about the suspect

Police are seeking information about a man who grabbed the purse of a 72-year-old woman at the Village Green Mall on Dec. 23, 2019.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP were called to the mall just before 8 p.m. after a woman’s purse was stolen from her in the parking lot as she walked back to her vehicle.

The suspect pushed the woman to the ground from behind, stole her purse and fled eastbound on foot.

Police say the victim was visibly shaken up, but was uninjured.

“This is a callous and despicable act. We are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact us or CrimeStoppers immediately.” Cost Jocelyn Noseworthy said. “A person capable of this behaviour needs to be held accountable for his actions.”

Several witnesses chased the suspect, but lost him after a short pursuit.

“RCMP flooded the area and a police service dog assisted in the investigation, but the male was not located,” the police statement said.

Police are seeking any information about the suspect described as a 5-5, 5-6, Caucasian male with a thin build, patchy short facial hair and clad in a dark sweater with his hood pulled over his head.

Anyone with any information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or leaving a tip online at www.nokscrimestoppers.com.

READ MORE: Van gifted to Lake Country family after daughter’s diagnosis

READ MORE: New Vernon bus exchange drives ahead after four-year stall


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Kelowna reopens beach volleyball, new pickleball courts

The City of West Kelowna is asking residents to maintain safe distancing

RDCO announces spring poetry contest winners

The district received 70 poems starting from May 1

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Kelowna RCMP pull over vehicle with no licence plate, find drugs inside

Officers also responded to a white van in the West Kelowna Walmart parking lot with no insurance

Vehicle brings down light post on Westside Road Thursday evening

Incident occurred at the intersection of Westside Rd. and Seena Rd. at 7:50 p.m.

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Partial return to class for Central Okanagan students: COVID-19

School District 23 and the Board of Education have released a letter regarding returning to class

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Trudeau acknowledges racial unrest in U.S.; ‘We also have work to do in Canada’

‘Anti-black racism, racism, is real; it’s in the United States, but it’s also in Canada,’ Trudeau says

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Most Read