UPDATE: Purse snatcher found

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 12, 2019 - 9:20am Updated: March 13, 2019 - 5:13pm

This suspect is believed to be responsible for stealing a woman's purse and making two fraudulent credit card purchases in north Nanaimo on Tuesday, March 5. Police say the illegal purchases were made before the woman could cancel her cards.submitted/RCMP

NANAIMO — The man accused of stealing a purse right out of a woman's hands and using her credit cards has been found. 

He was taken into police custody without any issue.



Police are trying to identify a suspect accused of stealing a purse right out of a woman's hands and fraudulently using her credit cards.

RCMP said it happened at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 in the Nanaimo Costco parking lot when a man grabbed the purse and ran off.

Police responded, but couldn't find the suspect.

The purse contained credit cards, which were used shortly after the robbery at Quality Foods and the Northridge General Store, both located on Turner Rd.

Police said a suspect from the Quality Foods surveillance system matches the description of the man who allegedly stole the purse.

He's described as white, about 6'0", with a thin build and a scruffy looking salt and pepper beard.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or anonymous tips can be made via Crime Stoppers at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com or 1-800-222-8477.


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