Vernon police seeking help in identifying ‘callous, despicable’ purse snatcher

Vernon RCMP are seeking public assistance after a 72-year-old woman had her purse stolen on Monday evening.

The theft happened in the Village Green Mall parking lot just before 8 p.m., according to police, while the woman was walking back to her vehicle.

RCMP say the woman was pushed to the ground from behind and that her purse was stolen by a man who fled eastbound on foot.

Police noted that several witnesses chased the suspect, but lost him after a short pursuit.

RCMP Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy said officers flooded the area, and that a police service dog was involved in the searc. The suspect, however, was not located.

The victim wasn’t injured, but was visibly upset.

The suspect is described as being male, five-foot-five to five-foot-six in height with a thin build and patchy, short facial hair. He was last seen wearing a dark hoody pulled over his head.

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