Mounties looking for Grinch who pinched elderly woman’s purse

RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance to help identify a man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse Thursday morning in Rutland.

  • Dec. 16, 2016 11:00 a.m.

Have you seen this man?

RCMP are looking for the public’s assistance to help identify a man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse Thursday morning in Rutland.

The Kelowna RCMP responded Dec. 15  at 10:21 a.m., to a report of a theft of a woman’s purse that occurred outside the Save-On-Foods grocery store located in the Plaza 33 Shopping Centre in Rutland.

“Police believe that the unknown male suspect allegedly stole a 76-year-old woman’s purse, as she laid injured on the ground and yelling for help after she slipped on ice in the rear parking lot,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, in a press release.

Investigators also believe that the suspect went inside the store to report the fall to staff before he walked away from the area with the woman’s purse which has been described as green, blue and white with black handles.

The suspect is described as:

  • Caucasian male;

  • 25-35 years of age;

  • 5 ft 7 in to 5 ft 9 in tall;

  • slender build;

  • wearing blue jeans, a black hoody, a grey and orange winter jacket and carrying a black backpack along with the allegedly stolen green, blue white and black purse;

The woman was taken to hospital by emergency paramedics for further assessment of her injuries related to the fall.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Aaron Dermake of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.


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