Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can identify a man suspected of committing a purse-snatching and using stolen credit cards March 5. Photo submitted

Nanaimo RCMP searching for purse-snatching suspect

Police hope public can help find man suspected of purse-snatching and credit card fraud

The Nanaimo RCMP hope the public can help them identify a man believed to be responsible for a purse snatching and two fraudulent credit card transactions.

The incidents happened March 5.

At about 11 a.m. a woman reported that as she walking through the parking lot of Costco an unknown man grabbed her purse and took off running with it. Police attended and attempted to find the suspect but were unsuccessful.

The wallet in the purse contained personal items and credit cards and before the cards could be cancelled, they were used at the Quality Foods store and the North Ridge General Store, both located on Turner Road in north Nanaimo.

A suspect’s image captured on video footage from Quality Foods matches the description of the man who allegedly stole the purse. The suspect is described as a white, approximately six feet tall with a thin build, scruffy looking with a salt and pepper beard and wearing a dark coloured wind breaker and blue jeans.

Anyone who knows the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at or call 1-800-222-8477.
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