Six Maple Ridge thefts involved cash machines and purses

RCMP are investigating six thefts over the past several weeks involving cash machines and purses.

  • Oct. 21, 2014 2:00 p.m.

RCMP are investigating six thefts over the past several weeks involving cash machines and purses.

Ridge Meadows RCMP have received reports of three incidents where citizens are coming from their banks after using an automated banking machine when a man approaches them in an attempt to steal the cash recently withdrawn.

All three took place during daylight hours as the victims return to their vehicles.

Investigators are looking for a lone male suspect in all three incidents, but it is unknown if it is the same person in all three, said Cpl. Alanna Dunlop said.

Police are also investigating three other thefts involving purses during the same time period of time.

In one of these thefts, police are looking for a female suspect.

What all have in common is the victim is approached from behind, which provides little time to get a description.

The female suspect is described as a white female, approximately 21 years of age, 5’6’’ with a very slim build.  She has red hair in a ponytail.

Ridge RCMP have assigned major crimes investigators to coordinate these incidents.

“Police want citizens to be aware of these incidents, and take safety precautions,” Dunlop said.  “Secure your money as quick as possible. Police urge citizens to be very aware of their surroundings, including anyone who may be watching you. If you don’t feel comfortable based on your observations, please consider performing this transaction at a different time, and report any suspicious occurrence to police.”