Purse snatcher escapes

A woman headed into a grocery store at the Capri Mall on Sunday night was relieved of her purse.

The woman was making her way toward the Extra Foods around 6:50 p.m. when a young man approached her and told her she had left her lights on, said RCMP Sgt. Terry McLachlan.

The woman turned to go back to her vehicle, and then the man grabbed her purse and ran away.

“Patrols were made and the male was not located,” said McLachlan.

The suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with short blond hair.

He is tall and thin, has fair skin, and was seen wearing a light-coloured jacket.

The purse-snatching follows two similar incidents in the area in late 2006.

On Dec. 16, a 19-year-old bummed a cigarette off of a 74-year-old woman who sat on a public bench near her home by the Capri Mall before he stole her wallet.

He was arrested with the help of a passerby and makes his first court appearance on March 12.

On Nov. 30, a police officer in the mall for a flu shot arrested a 14-year-old after he grabbed a woman’s purse.

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