Preying on a kind old woman landed another woman in lock up this week.
A 50-year-old Maple Ridge woman is accused of snatching a seniors purse after its owner bought food for the suspect, explained Ridge Meadows RCMP Insp. David Fleugel.
We have identified and charged the person responsible for stealing the purse of one of our senior citizens, even after the victim had bought the suspect a sandwich out of the goodness of her heart, Fleugel said.
I cannot divulge into details of the case, as this matter is headed to the courts, but it was a crime that outraged all of our officers and our community, he added.
The incident occurred last Sunday, March 24, on 224th Street, and investigators were able to piece together surveillance footage from area businesses to assist in the case.
This avenue of investigation is paying incredible dividends and is an expanding opportunity for investigators, the inspector said, noting that several groups worked together on this case, including general duty officers, the RCMPs community resource team, and the detachments serious crime unit.
Our investigators made this case a top priority and I am very proud of the way they worked on this case, he said.
The suspect, Caroline Ruth Swetz, was arrested late yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.
Swetz was subsequently released by a justice of the peace, with a series of condition including not having contact with the victim and not being permitted in the Maple Ridge downtown core.
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