Cops look for suspects after North Shore mugging
Kamloops Mounties are looking for two men after a violent North Shore purse-snatching early this morning (Aug. 4).
RCMP Const. Bernie Ward said a group of three women were walking in the 600-block of Fortune Drive at about 12:30 a.m. when they were approached by a pair of men.
Investigators believe the suspects asked the women for the time and possibly directions before one of the men shoved one of the women and grabbed her purse.
The two crooks then ran south on Fortune Drive.
Patrols by Mounties and a police-dog unit were unable to turn up any sign of them.
Ward said people should be cautious when walking around late at night.
"At 12:30 in the morning, you want to make sure you're basically able to look after yourself," he said.
"Three people should be able to, but this kind of hit-and-run-type stuff is tough to protect yourself from.
"But, realistically, this could happen at 12:30 in the afternoon."
Ward said the total number of muggings and purse-snatchings in Kamloops are down compared to previous years.
"A lot of it comes down to the mix of people you've got living in the area," he said.
"Last summer, there was a a lot of robberies and that kind of thing."
Ward said many of those offenders were caught and thrown in jail, which made the streets safer.
"It's a crime of opportunity," he said.
"So, if the person who's committing it is in jail, then you see less of it.
"It's great. But these folks can get out of jail and it can go back up."
The suspects in this morning's mugging are described as men in their 20s or 30s, who might have been on drugs at the time of the incident.
The first is believed to be a white man standing approximately six feet with blond hair. He was wearing a black hoodie with the hood up and jeans.
The second is believed to be a shorter native man, also wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.