The suspect description and crime matched that of several previous purse thefts in the west Vancouver area over the last few weeks
VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Police Department made an arrest in a purse snatching incident that took place on Wednesday.
On Wednesday (Sept. 22) at about 12:19 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to the 1300 block of SE Columbia River Drive for the report that a male had grabbed a purse from a chair outside a coffee shop where the victim was sitting, got into a vehicle and left the area.
The suspect description and crime matched that of several previous purse thefts in the west Vancouver area over the last few weeks.
Two Vancouver Police Department Bike Team officers responded to the area quickly and started checking locations where the suspects might look for other victims. They located a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle at E Mill Plain Blvd./C Street and a traffic stop was conducted. The vehicle was occupied by four 14-year-old juveniles (three males and one female).
Based on the investigation and witness statements, two of the males were booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center for Theft II and Taking a Motor Vehicle W/O Permission and Robbery II for an incident from Sept. 16 where a purse was taken from a table at the same coffee shop as yesterday’s incident. Charges are being referred on the other two juveniles.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending.
Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.