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Vernon RCMP searching for purse snatcher after 72-year-old woman mugged

December 24, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole a woman’s purse yesterday.

Police say they were called to the Village Green Mall parking lot just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 23 after a woman had her purse stolen from her while she was walking back to her vehicle, according to a RCMP media release.

The 72-year-old woman was pushed to the ground from behind when her purse was snatched by a man who fled eastbound on foot.

Police say the victim was visibly shaken up but not injured. Several witnesses chased after him but lost him after a short pursuit.

RCMP flooded the area and a police services dog assisted in the investigation but the male suspect has not been located.

He is described as Caucasian, 5’5” to 5’6” in height, patchy short facial hair, and was wearing a dark hoody pulled over his head.

"This is a callous and despicable act. We are asking anyone with information regarding this crime to contact us or CrimeStoppers immediately." Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says in a release. "A person capable of this behaviour needs to be held accountable for his actions."

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact Vernon RCMP at 250-545-7171.

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