Good Samaritan thwarts purse thief

Saanich woman robbed in 800-block of Yates St. Sunday night

A purse-snatcher was thwarted by a Good Samaritan Sunday night, but police are still looking for the suspect.

A 28-year-old Saanich woman was walking in the 800-block of Yates St. when a man walked up behind her, cut her purse strap and ran away with the purse.

A man then called 911 and told VicPD he recovered the purse and turned it in to a security guard at the Yates Street parkade. None of the purse contents were missing.

The suspect is described as Caucasian, in his mid-20’s with black hair and a black beard. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing blue jeans and a red hoodie.

Anyone with information on the suspect or the anonymous man who turned in the purse is asked to call VicPD at 250-995-7654 or anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

dpalmer@vicnews.com