UPDATE: Nanaimo RCMP arrest purse-snatching suspect

Suspect, not identified by police, faces charges of theft, possession of stolen property and fraud

A man suspected of purse-snatching and fraudulently using credit cards in Nanaimo has been arrested.

According to police, the 48-year-old suspect, who has not been identified, was apprehended in downtown Nanaimo at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Nanaimo RCMP had been looking for the suspect since March 5, when a woman had her purse snatched from her in north Nanaimo and her credit cards were used at two different locations a short time later.

The arrest came about after Nanaimo RCMP released a photo taken from security camera video footage Tuesday morning.

“He was located downtown with assistance from the public,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman. “He’s looking at charges of theft, possession of stolen property and fraudulent use of credit cards.”

He has been released on a promise to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo on May 7.

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