Kelowna police nab purse snatcher
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December 16, 2016 - 9:36 AM
KELOWNA – It didn't take long for police to find a suspected purse snatcher who targeted a 76-year-old woman.
A man allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse in a grocery store parking lot, yesterday morning, Dec. 15. After the suspect took her purse, she slipped on the ice and was left on the ground, yelling for help.
Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey says in media release that less than three hours after the suspect's photo was release, someone identified him.
“It was just after 6 p.m. when the search for the suspect came to an end, thanks to an astute member of the public who spotted the alleged thief back at the Plaza 33 Shopping Centre and quickly called police,” O’Donaghey says in the release.
O’Donaghey says the suspect was taken into custody without incident and the arresting officer discovered the victim's identification and bank card in his possession. The victim's purse was found in a dumpster outside a nearby business.
“Arrangements will be made to reunite the woman with her belongings, at which point a determination will be made as to whether or not any of her property remains missing," he says.
The suspect, a 32-year-old Kelowna man, is facing potential charges and is expected to appear in court on March 16, 2017.
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