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Pricey purses stolen in Richmond home invasion

Richmond RCMP are searching for these four men, believed to be in their early 20s. - Richmond RCMP photos
Richmond RCMP are searching for these four men, believed to be in their early 20s.
— image credit: Richmond RCMP photos

A woman was tied up, assaulted and robbed of seven pricey Hermes purses in a midday home invasion in Richmond, police said Thursday.

At around 1:30 p.m. two men knocked on the door of a home in the 7000 block of Petts Road. A 50-year-old woman answered and let the men into her home after they told her a bogus story about an insurance claim involving her vehicle.

Richmond RCMP say the two men—one described as Asian, the other as South Asian—grabbed the woman, tied her up and assaulted her. Two other men, one Asian and the other of unknown ethnicity, then entered the home.

The foursome then stole numerous suitcases and bags filled with the victim's property and high-end handbags, including seven Hermes purses with values of $5,000 to $15,000, police say.

The woman freed herself and called police. Officers arrived at 3 p.m. to find the woman in the home with minor injuries to her face.

Although police released the information and surveillance photos of the suspects Thursday, the incident took place Tuesday, June 26.

Investigators believe the men range in age from 20 to 25, and say they're linked to a silver or charcoal-grey SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer.

Police are asking anyone who is offered to buy a Hermes bag, or otherwise sees one for sale by an individual, to contact police. Anyone else with information about the incident or the suspects is asked to call police at 604-278-1212 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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