Police investigating brazen purse snatching in Nanaimo, B.C. – IDENTIFIED & ARRESTED

Nanaimo, BC – (June 21) An arrest has been made in the theft of a purse that occurred on May 2, 2022, from the Country Club Mall food court.

Following the release of a video capturing the incident, a suspect was quickly identified. On June 16, 2022, investigators went to the home of the 37-year-old suspect and arrested her without incident for the theft.

The woman was then released from custody and served with an Undertaking to appear in Nanaimo Provincial Court on September 13, 2022. One of her release conditions is that she is prohibited from going to the Country Club Mall until such time the court proceedings have been dealt with.

BACKGROUND

Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo RCMP would like to extend a sincere thank you to the general public for their assistance in helping to identify the person responsible for a theft of purse. The incident reported occurred on May 2, 2022 in the food court of the Country Club Mall.

On June 9, 2022, the Nanaimo RCMP released a video and still image of a suspect who can be seen stealthy removing the purse from the back of an unsuspecting woman’s chair, then walking away with it. The video and still image were shared with the public then posted to social media.

At this time, no information can be released on the person identified as charges have not been formally laid. Investigators are confident though the person identified by the general public is responsible for the theft. Investigators were also thoroughly impressed with the promptness and accuracy of the tips provided. A big thank you also goes out to the management of the Country Club Mall for having installed excellent CCTV cameras which captured the entire incident, said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

When charges are laid, the name of the individual will be released to the public.

BACKGROUND

Nanaimo, BC – The Nanaimo RCMP is investigating a brazen theft of purse from an unsuspecting woman. The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 PM on Monday May 2, 2022, while the victim was sitting in the food court situated in the Country Club Mall.

The complainant told police the last time she had her purse was while she was at the food court. When she sat down, she hung her purse over the back of her chair. When she got up to leave her purse was gone. She frantically searched the immediate areas with no luck then reported the theft to Mall security, and then to the RCMP.

A short time later, security found her purse on the ground outside JYSK. The complainant noted that everything was intact except her BMO banking card which she immediately cancelled.

On June 1st Mall security provided still images and video of the suspect, and of the actual theft. In the video, the suspect can be clearly seen carefully picking up the purse from the back of her chair then walking away with it.

“The still image of the suspect captured on CCTV cameras shows her carrying a paperback book. Investigators believe that she may have been sitting in the food court prior to the theft and therefore someone may remember her,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

Nanaimo purse snatching suspect
Nanaimo purse snatching suspect

The suspect is described as follows:

Caucasian woman, 40-55 years of age

5 ft. 5, medium build

Dark hair tied in a bun, black glasses and wearing a blue medical face mask

Black jacket, black pants and carrying a paperback book

If anyone has information on this incident, please call the Nanaimo RCMP non-emergency line at 250-754-2345, and quote file # 2022-14698.

File # 2022-14698

Nanaimo RCMP

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