Vernon RCMP seek purse snatcher

Vernon RCMP are asking the public’s assistance with a recent purse snatching

Vernon RCMP are asking the public for help in finding a man who took a woman's purse from her shopping cart in downtown Vernon Sunday.

Vernon RCMP are asking the public for help in finding a man who took a woman's purse from her shopping cart in downtown Vernon Sunday.

Vernon RCMP are asking the public’s assistance with a recent purse snatching.

Just before 1 p.m . Sunday, a 64-year-old woman was returning a shopping cart in the downtown Safeway parking lot when an unknown man grabbed her purse from the cart and ran off with it.

“A witness attempted to catch him but was unable to do so,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man  in his early 20s, slim build, approximately 5-foot-10 and wearing a black hoody and blue jeans.

The police are seeking assistance from the public for more information to help in the investigation.

“As this is a fairly high traffic location, we are hoping witnesses will come forward that may have seen this theft, or the man fleeing the scene,” said Noseworthy.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP at 250-545-7171 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.