Purse snatcher active in downtown, believed to have targeted two women

Police are looking for a purse snatcher who struck twice this week in downtown Barrie.
On Wednesday about 3 p.m., a woman was walking along Collier Street towards Owen Street after visiting the bank, when a young male on a bicycle came up behind her and grabbed her purse before riding off. He was last seen on Owen Street heading towards Dunlop Street.
The following day, Thursday about 9:30 a.m., police were contacted by a woman reporting that as she entered a business on Worsley Street, she noticed a male on a purple bike smash the front passenger window of her nearby vehicle and take her purse before riding away towards Mulcaster Street.
The same suspect is believed to be responsible for both incidents. Police are working on obtaining pictures of the suspect, but are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who may have surveillance cameras in the area to please contact police.
The suspect is described as a white male, thin build, brown hair, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, and riding a purple bike. Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police Service investigators at 705-725-7025 ext. 2658 or 6484@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Police remind the public to never leave valuables in your car and to make sure that it is always locked when it left unattended.