Vancouver Police search for purse snatching victim

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Vancouver Police are asking the victim of a Sunday night purse snatching to come forward, after officers witnessed the crime take place in downtown Vancouver, according to a release.

On November 29 at around 5:30 p.m., a woman walking north on the east side of Bute Street between West Georgia and Melville Street had her purse stolen by a man who approached her from behind on a bicycle.

The thief dropped the purse after officers, who saw the theft take place from their car, turned on their lights and siren. After fleeing north on Bute Street, the thief rode east on Melville Street and dumped bike near Tableau Bar and Bistro at 1181 Melville Street, and ran inside. He made his way to the back of the bar where, following a short struggle, he was ultimately taken into custody by police.

Upon returning to the scene of the theft, the woman and her purse could not be found.

Anyone with information on the identity of the victim is asked to call the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321.

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