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Kelowna RCMP want help finding purse snatcher

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March 15, 2017 - 1:07 PM

KELOWNA - Police are looking for your help finding a man who tried to rob two women of their purses, including one woman who was taken to hospital after he pushed her off her walker.

RCMP Const. Steve Holmes says police believe both incidents from the past 24 hours are related and they are looking for witnesses or video evidence.

The first incident was at 2:50 p.m. yesterday in the 1600 block of Richter St. Holmes says a woman was walking in a parking lot when she was approached by a man in his 20s who grabbed her purse and ran off. She screamed and attracted bystanders who recovered the purse when the suspect dropped it while running away. 

The second incident happened at 8:45 p.m. in the Gordon Drive area near Pacific Avenue. A woman was walking home with her walker when he grabbed for it. She grabbed the purse in response and the suspect threw her to the ground and ran away, Holmes says, but removed her wallet and tossed her purse aside. She was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

"Police are actively investigating these incidents and believe the suspect involved in both occurrences may be the same individual," Holmes says in the release. "We want to solidify our investigation by obtaining as much eye witness and-or video surveillance information as we can."

In particular, any businesses located in the 1600 block of Richter Street and intersecting Lawrence Avenue, or any business located on Gordon Drive at Highway 97, south to Pacific Avenue.

The man is described as Caucasian with a thin build, short, light brown hair and wearing a dark hoody style jacket and blue jeans.

Please contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 if you have any information.

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