Halton Regional Police Service investigating purse robbery on New Street

Crime 100By Staff

July 13, 2017



On Tuesday July 11th 2017 just before noon, in broad daylight, an elderly woman was at a plaza at 2421 New Street, Burlington when an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and demanded that she give him her purse.

The plaza, on the north side of New Street Line and west of Guelph Line, is small with little in the way of traffic, meant there were few people around to witness the crime.

HRPS crestThe suspect grabbed the purse from the victim and a struggle ensued with the victim being knocked to the ground and hitting her head.

The purse strap broke and the suspect left with the victim’s purse on a bicycle riding towards New Street. A search of the area was conducted; however the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as male, white, in his 20’s, 5’9″-6’0″ tall wearing a baseball hat and black Champion running shoes.

This type of crime in a city with the number of seniors it has can be terrifying – hopefully the police will increase their visual presence in the city giving seniors, especially women, a sense of being safe.

The Halton police are pretty good at catching criminals – hopefully the judge that convicts the man will hand out an appropriate sentence. The slaps on the wrist aren’t enough for this type of crime.

Anyone with information about this robbery are asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825 4747 ext. 2343, Crime Stoppers “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimesoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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1 comment to Halton Regional Police Service investigating purse robbery on New Street

  • steve

    Older people tend to carry cash as well making them very attractive targets. I agree, violent criminals are not sentenced harsh enough in Canada. If judges are going to be lenient, they should be lenient with non-violent crimes, so the prisons have lots of room for violent criminals, who’ve earned their lengthy stays.