Woman who stole iPhone from teen in wheelchair on bus arrested: transit police

Oct 2 2019, 12:25 pm

The woman who stole an iPhone from a teen in a wheelchair while on a TransLink bus in Surrey last month has been arrested, said Metro Vancouver Transit Police.

“I’m happy to report we’ve identified and arrested that female and that’s thanks to a member of the public,” said Sgt. Clint Hampton in a video posted on the Metro Vancouver Transit Police Twitter account.

“We received a call that the female was loitering outside a convenience store. We attended and we were able to place her under arrest.”

According to police, the incident took place on the 96 B-Line, around 7:30 am on September 12, while the bus was travelling from Guildford Mall Exchange to Newton Exchange.

As the bus stopped in the area of 80th Avenue and King George Boulevard in Surrey, a woman allegedly approached the 19-year-old victim and quickly grabbed his mobile phone, which he was holding in front of him.

At the time of the incident, police said the victim was on his way to a program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, “where he is working toward improving his independence and job skills.”

The suspect is identified as 32-years-old with no fixed address who is “well-known” to police.

“Her next court appearance will be on October 22, at 9 am in Surrey Provincial Court,” said Hampton.

“I once again want to thank the public and the media for the attention they brought to this file.”

Hampton also thanked CKNW’s Lynda Steele Show and TELUS for helping Transit Police get the man a new phone.

With files from Eric Zimmer. 

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