Amy Hsieh doesn't fancy herself a pushover.
And the soon to be 67-year-old Coquitlam grandmother certainly isn't going to get duped without a fight.
That's what a pair of crooks found out after they tried to pull a fast one on Hsieh as she ran errands last Thursday.
It was 1 p.m. and she had just come out of the Royal Bank at Barnet Highway and Johnson Street.
Hsieh started her car and began backing out when she heard a tap near her trunk.
It was a middle-aged woman dressed in red.
The grandmother rolled down her window, but the mysterious women kept tapping.
Hsieh finally got out of her car, leaving her door open and the engine running.
"Listen," the woman would only say, pointing to the vehicle's tire.
"I thought, 'What is she talking about?'" Hsieh told The NOW.
So she knelt closer to the wheel and noticed cracking along the tire wall.
The woman then said she was going to get a pump from her car and walked away.
That's about the time Hsieh turned around to see a man in a black top with black hair reaching into her car and then walking away down the Barnet sidewalk.
By the time she got back into her car, she noticed a strap dangling down from the man as he walked.
It was her purse.
Hsieh yelled for the man to stop. Then she started running after the purse-snatcher.
The man quickly dropped the purse to the ground and took off.
When Hsieh returned to her car, the woman in red was also gone.
"I started to realize they were together," she said.
With too much to do, she finished her errands without calling police.
But when Hsieh took her car to get the tire checked later in the day, she learned the two scammers had actually tried to slash her tire.
Though police are happy the long-time resident got her purse back, RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung doesn't recommend residents follow Hsieh's approach.
"Losing your purse is one thing, but being hurt is another," he said.
Instead, police recommend residents get as much of a description as possible of the suspects and immediately call 911.
The grandmother insisted she could fight - even suggesting she would have used her shoes if needed.
"I didn't think too much. I just wanted my purse back," she said.
"I just wanted my stuff back, that's it."
But Hsieh said she also feels a little gullible for being fooled by the couple and wants her story to be a reminder to others in the community.
"I want everyone to be aware," she said.
"I don't want anybody to get hurt." As for the suspects, one is described as a Caucasian woman in her 30s, heavy set, and wearing a low-cut red top.
The man is described as possibly Asian and in his 30s, standing five-feet six-inches tall with some facial hair.
Mounties believe the two suspects took off in an older model black Honda with no plates.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 and quote file number 2013-7635.
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