VicPD investigators are seeking both witnesses and victims after the arrest of an alleged prolific purse-snatcher in Victoria’s downtown.
A suspect was tracked down after officers were called to a restaurant in the 600-block of Trounce Alley on May 13th.
Staff and patrons observed a man take a woman’s purse from the back of her chair and attempt to leave the restaurant.
The woman’s husband and staff followed the man as he exited the restaurant and confronted him.
According to the complainants, when confronted, the man handed the stolen purse back.
Witnesses also took cellphone photographs of the suspect which were passed to investigators.
Officers recognized the suspect from the photographs and began looking for him and he was arrested Monday night.
During the course of the investigation, officers tied the suspect to at least four similar incidents at eating establishments downtown.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man standing 6’5″ with dark brown hair and a short, dark brown and grey beard.
He walks with a prominent limp, in a “stooped-over” posture and was wearing a grey suit during at least one of the incidents.
The suspect has not yet been charged in these incidents and police did not release his name or photograph.
If you have been a victim of a purse theft in the downtown Victoria area in recent weeks, have witnessed a man matching the description acting suspiciously, or have any information about these or similar incidents, please call the VicPD non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654.