The Saskatoon Police are warning people about robberies after two similar ones were reported to Police, occurring only days apart.
On November 17, 2018 Police received a report from an 83 year old female victim who was robbed of her purse. She had been shopping in the 2300 block of Preston Avenue South when someone grabbed her purse off of her shoulder and fled.
There was no suspect description provided as the robbery occurred quite quickly.
On November, 20, 2018 Police received a similar report from an 80 year old female victim, who had too been robbed of her purse. She had been shopping in the 2300 block of Preston Avenue South when a suspect male grabbed her purse off her shoulder and fled.
The suspect in the latest case is described as being a black, teenaged male, who was tall and had a slim build. He was wearing a black hoodie and had on dark pants.
Anyone with information regarding these robberies is encouraged to contact Saskatoon Police at 306-975-8300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Saskatoon Police is encouraging people to stay safe this holiday season.
Protect your purchase
An increased number of people will be frequenting shopping centres, grocery stores and department stores. In many cases, people will leave purchases in their vehicles while they continue to shop. Please remember to lock purchases in the trunk of your vehicle and keep them out of plain view for would-be thieves to act on crimes of opportunity.
Protect your identity
Do not disclose personal details online or over the telephone. Avoid leaving wallets or purses unattended. Also remember to shield your PIN from people who may be looking over your shoulder.
Protect your home
Ensure that all doors and windows are closed, locked, and if there is a security system in place, it is activated. At this time of year, when many homeowners are away during the holidays, residents are asked to assist their neighbours in watching for, and reporting suspicious activity to Police. Residents are also encouraged to arrange to have someone shovel their sidewalk and driveway, check the mail and turn on different lights so houses do not appear empty.