Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Police say brazen daytime robberies such as one experienced by a woman on Dec. 16 are uncommon in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Public help police catch purse-snatching suspect in Saanich daytime robbery

18-year-old man faces charges in Dec. 16 incident

One man faces charges after a brazen daytime robbery in Saanich on Thursday afternoon.

A woman was loading items into her vehicle near Cedar Hill Cross Road and Ophir Street on Dec. 16 around 12:30 p.m. when someone approached from behind, grabbed her purse then ran off, Saanich police said in a statement.

The woman gave chase, but lost the man. With the help of the public, officers located a suspect and arrested him.

The man arrested is also accused of break and enters Dec. 13 and 14 at a Shelbourne Street business.

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Police say such brazen daytime robberies are uncommon in Saanich and the public played a pivotal role in providing timely information.

Police are recommending a charge of robbery. The woman did not report serious injuries and her purse was recovered and returned.


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