Richmond RCMP warn about purse and cellphone snatchings and ATM withdrawal thefts

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      RCMP are alerting citizens about two types of robberies that have been taking place in Richmond.

      The first type of crime involved three robberies took place in the downtown area of Richmond in the afternoon or evening between July 3 and 9.

      In these robberies, the victims were carrying a cellphone, purse, or satchel that was snatched from them by a male suspect on a bicycle.

      Meanwhile, a second type of crime involved two robberies and one attempted robbery that occurred after victims withdrew money from ATMs.

      These thefts took place in the afternoon or early evening hours between June 30 and July 5 near the TD Canada Trust (8500 No. 3 Road), RBC (10111 No. 3 Road), and the CIBC Bank (8751 No. 1 Road).

      Richmond RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Dennis Hwang stated in a news release that the attempted robbery was thwarted when the victim began screaming, drawing the attention of bystanders.

      The suspect involved in these crimes is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s who is 183 centimetres (six feet) tall with a heavy build and dark, short hair.

      Richmond RCMP are advising citizens to be vigilant, including conducting periodic checks of their surroundings, and to carry any purse or satchel in a central body position to make it more difficult for it to be stolen.

      Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

      Richmond RCMP

      These robberies follow a separate purse-snatching incident that took place in late June involving a senior citizen.

      Around 6 p.m. on June 17, Richmond RCMP received a report about a male suspect snatching a purse from one of two women walking through a parking lot near a restaurant in the 7100 block of No. 3 Road.

      The suspect fled on foot towards Bennet Road. The victim, who is in her early nineties, was uninjured but shaken by the incident.

      The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens or early twenties with a thin build and who was wearing a black baseball cap, black hoodie, black shorts, and black running shoes.

      Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

      Richmond RCMP