06/29/2015 12:08 EDT | Updated 06/29/2016 05:59 EDT

Police seek elderly woman in AGO purse theft

A teenage girl was waiting in the lobby of the Art Gallery of Ontario when an elderly woman took her purse and walked away, police report.

A Louis Vuitton purse was stolen from the teen as she talked to a person beside her in the waiting area of the AGO, say police. The contents and the purse were valued at more than $5,000.

The incident happened on May 17, and police recently found security footage of the woman they think is responsible for taking the purse. She is described as Asian, approximately 75, standing about 5'2" with a thin frail build and greyish, white, shoulder-length hair.

Police say the woman walks slowly with a limp. She was wearing a dark jacket, pink flowery blouse and was carrying a blue shopping bag at the time of the theft.

Police say they found the purse discarded in the area of the AGO about a week after the theft.

Investigators call the purse-snatching a crime of opportunity, and say from the surveillance footage it's clear that the woman is stealing the purse. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.