Purse-snatching lands senior in hospital

Victoria woman suffers broken shoulder during struggle with thief

An 85-year-old Victoria woman is in hospital recovering from a broken shoulder after her purse was snatched in the 500-block of Simcoe St.

“(The male suspect) knocked her over, grabbed her purse and almost dragged her a little bit when he was trying to get the purse off,” Const. Mike Russell, Victoria’s police spokesperson, said of the theft which happened at 4 p.m. Monday.

Police say the man escaped by bike, heading south on Clarence Street. The woman was taken to Royal Jubilee Hospital for treatment.

Several Victoria police officers, including a Saanich police dog team, were called in, and investigators continue to canvas the neighbourhood and track down video surveillance.

The man they are looking for is 40 to 50 years old and was wearing a dark baseball hat, dark pants and a dark jacket.

“This would be a call for him to try and start making things right and talk to us and get this sorted out,” said Russell.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Victoria Police Department at 250-995-7654 or Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.