Police in West Vancouver are appealing for witnesses after what they describe as a “violent” robbery of a senior on New Year’s Day.
In a release, police said the 86-year-old victim was robbed of her purse while walking home around 5:10 pm.
The woman had just left Loblaws City Market at Park Royal Mall, and began walking Westbound on Marine Drive. She walked to the intersection of Marine Dr. and 11th Street at which point she turned right (northbound) on 11th Street.
The woman told police that at that point, she was approached from behind by an unknown person who grabbed her purse which was slung around her shoulder, and pushed her to the ground.
The suspect then ran off with the purse in an unknown direction. The woman was able to flag down a passer-by who comforted her until emergency services arrived, police said. She was transported to hospital by ambulance and it was later determined that she had suffered a fractured shoulder as a result of the incident.
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Despite what they said were “extensive” patrols of the area, police were unable to find a suspect. Because she had been approached from behind, the woman was unable to provide a suspect description.
“This is a very unfortunate incident, and a rare occurrence in West Vancouver,” said WVPD Const. Kevin Goodmurphy. “To assault a senior like this is despicable.”
Now, Goodmurphy said, police are “working diligently to identify a suspect,” and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them at 604-925-7300.
Those who would like to leave an anonymous tip can do so by contacting Crime Stoppers at1-800-222-8477, or by leaving a tip online.