Richmond RCMP warn the public following a series of purse snatchings

2024-03-28 10:17 PDT

Between February 22 and March 23, 2024 Richmond RCMP have received six alleged robbery reports involving purse snatchings.

Four of the incidents took place in Central Richmond and two in the Steveston area.

In five of the robberies the suspect is described as male between 5’3 and 5’6 dressed in dark clothing and wearing a mask. All of the victims are women. There is insufficient evidence at this time to determine if these alleged crimes were committed by the same person; however, Investigators from the Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section and Frontline are working diligently to identify and arrest anyone involved.

Fortunately, none of the victims were physically injured.

In recent weeks, Richmond has seen a troubling rise in purse snatching incidents. We urge every resident to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to the police of jurisdiction. Awareness and prompt reporting are crucial in helping us address the issue effectively. We want to alert the public to the increase in these reported crimes and urge other victims to come forward, says Inspector Michael Cohee, Officer-in-Charge of Richmond RCMP Investigative Services and Community Engagement.

Some safety tips include:
- Keep your head up, stay alert, and be aware of your surroundings;
- Take note of the people, businesses, and sources of assistance in the area;
- If a criminal is after your purse or other material items, throw the item one way while you run the other way;
- Details are critical. Take note of what the suspect(s) look like and their direction of travel. Physical descriptions such as height / weight, clothing, and visible markings like scars, tattoos, or piercings can help the police in later identifying the suspect. If a vehicle is involved, try to take notes describing the suspicious vehicle, license plate, and the stranger’s description;
- Call 9-1-1 as soon as it is safe to do so.

For more personal safety tips visit the BC RCMP website.

Richmond RCMP GIS have conduct of these investigations. These investigations remain active and on-going.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding these investigations, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at

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