Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place in Saanich on Wednesday morning.
The Saanich Police Department says a woman was getting out of her vehicle, which was parked at a plaza in the 5300-block of Cordova Bay Road, when an unknown male “pushed his way in and grabbed her handbag” at around 6:40 a.m.
A short struggled ensued and eventually the suspect “gave up” and left the area on foot.
Police say no weapons were used, no one was hurt and the incident “appears to be random” as the victim did not know the suspect.
The suspect is described as a five-foot-nine Caucasian male wearing a brown, winter-style tweed jacket and knitted black gloves. Police say his face was covered at the time of the incident and that he was last seen heading southbound and could have left the area in a vehicle.
“This is a very concerning incident and our officers are working diligently to try and identify this suspect. This happened in an open, public area and we are hopeful that someone may have witnessed this incident. We continue to provide support to the victim involved,” Const. Markus Anastasiades said in a press release.
The department is asking wittnesses to come forward and anyone who was driving in the area to check any dashcam footage they may have.