91-year-old Burnaby woman thwarts would-be robber

By Contributor
May 10th, 2012

On May 8, at around 6:30 p.m., a 91-year-old lady had just sat down for a coffee in a busy area of the Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, according to police Cpl. Brenda Gresiuk.

“She had placed her purse around the handle of her walker. To her surprise, a thief snatched her purse and fled down the mall. However, the senior wasn’t about to just let this happen. She chased the thief, calling to bystanders for help.

“Fortunately, as a result of a Burnaby RCMP Community Safety Forum being held in the nearby atrium, several police officers were on hand and the thief was immediately arrested. “

“Elissa Joe, a 42-year-old female Surrey resident, has been charged with theft under $5,000.00, section 334 (b) CC. 

“Tragically, seniors are often targets of opportunistic crimes such as frauds and thefts. For more information on protecting yourself from these crimes please visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/ccaps-spcca/seniors-aines-eng.htm or contact your local police.”

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