Man snatches woman’s bag at Duncan park

Police are seeking a culprit after a Duncan woman was robbed of her purse in broad daylight earlier this month.

The 38-year-old woman called police on June 2 after her purse was snatched away in Duncan’s Centennial Park the day before. She reported that she was walking through the park in the early evening when a man rode up on a bike as she started to climb the stairs on the west side of the park. He grabbed her purse and rode off toward the north.

The victim was not injured, but was relieved of her pink Coach purse and iPhone.

The suspect is described as a First Nations male, skinny, and approximately 30 years old. He was wearing black track pants with one leg taped up, and carrying a black backpack.

Because of the length of time between the robbery and the report, police were unable to use a tracking dog to find the suspect.

"It is imperative to report incidents like this to police as soon as possible in order to enhance the chances of evidence being obtained and the suspect identified," RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Krista Hobday said.

Anyone who locates the pink Coach purse or iPhone should turn it in to the police.

"We may be able to reunite people with their belongings if they are turned in to us," Hobday said.

Anyone with information about the theft should contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).