'Fake good Samaritan' recorded stealing a woman's purse while helping push her mobility scooter

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - The unidentified suspect.The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to identify a "fake good Samaritan" who stole a woman's purse after offering a helping hand with her mobility scooter.

The victim reported the theft to a CCSO deputy just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at the Fuller MAX Station on Con Battin Road in Happy Valley, authorities say.

In her report, the victim claimed she arrived at the MAX station at approximately 9:15 p.m., and upon realizing the battery on her three-wheeled mobility scooter was running low, an unknown man offered to push her to the station.

TriMet surveillance footage shows the man lifting the victim's purse off the back of her scooter and placing it in a trash can while pushing her in her scooter onto the Fuller Road MAX platform.

The suspect then returned to the trash can after leaving the victim and her scooter on the northern end of the platform, retrieving the purse and fleeing the scene.COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - The unidentified suspect seen pushing the woman in her mobility scooter.

CCSO authorities describe the suspect as a white male between the ages of 25 and 35 with a medium physical build and "dusty" brown hair.

Surveillance footage shows at the time of the theft, the suspect was wearing a blue T-shirt with an Under Armour logo in the middle, a flat-bill baseball cap with a small logo in the middle, blue jeans and black tennis shoes. He additionally carried a black backpack with a Nike logo in the middle.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact the tip line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form at

. Reference CCSO Case No. 21-018835.

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