Police are seeking the identity of this man related to three incidents in James Bay on Dec. 4. (Submitted)

Sketch released of would-be purse snatcher in James Bay

Victoria police say suspect may be involved in three separate incidents

Victoria police have released a sketch of a man suspected in three incidents that occurred in James Bay last night.

Officers responded to a call in the 200-block of Michigan Street after a report of a suspicious person banging on a window of a residence. The caller’s description of the individual matched the one provided by witnesses earlier of a man found trying to open car doors in a parking lot at Simcoe and Menzies streets.

While police were investigating the Michigan call, a third incident report came in about a man who fled after attempting to steal a purse. Multiple units and a K9 officer searched the area, but were unable to find the man.

The suspect is described as an Aboriginal man between five-foot-10 and six-feet tall, clean shaven with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark grey windbreaker with a light grey hood and light grey pants.

Police ask anyone who has information on the incidents or recognizes the man to call VicPD at 250-995-7654, or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 to report what you know anonymously.


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