A Winnipeg rapper has some kind words for Brandon after his local fans, a bus driver and police helped him get his girlfriend’s stolen purse back.
“I love Brandon, I will definitely be coming back,” said the rapper who asked to go by his stage name, Daily.
Daily said the purse snatching happened while he was in town to perform at the North Hill Inn on New Year’s Eve.
Partiers at the bar had already rang in the new year, and the show was just finishing as Daily paused to have his photo taken with a fan.
As his girlfriend took the shot, she turned her back to her purse which was on a table.
When she turned around again, the purse was gone.
It contained about $300 from tickets sold at the door, credit cards, a BlackBerry phone and an iPhone.
Daily took to the microphone to make an announcement about the missing purse.
Fortunately, one of the fans had seen a woman take the purse. The suspect had then boarded a city bus.
Another fan —Daily only knows her as Misty — jumped into their car to guide them to a community centre where the bus was expected to make a stop.
When they reached the centre, the bus wasn’t there. However, another bus was and its driver kindly took Daily to the downtown depot where they hoped to intercept the thief.
The driver knew that all city buses had to go to the depot at that time to allow transfers.
Daily hopped off the bus downtown and spotted a pair of police officers.
As he began to tell officers what had happened his girlfriend — who had followed in the car — walked up and spotted two women.
The women had the purse and Daily’s girlfriend screamed, “That’s them, that’s my purse!”
“Before I could even finish telling the cops what happened, they ran over and had both of them on the ground,” Daily said.
The purse’s contents had been split between the women, and Daily and his girlfriend got the purse back along with everything else except $90 which was missing.
One of the women implicated the other in the theft. The second woman, 25 years old, was then arrested for breach of the peace and lodged at the Brandon jail until later in the day because she was intoxicated.
Police said on Wednesday that the complainant didn’t wish to pursue charges.
Daily was so happy with the help he received from Brandonites that he wanted to share the story.
“I’ve definitely got to thank Misty, I’ve got to thank the bus driver from the bottom of my heart and the Brandon police department is just amazing,” Daily said.
Misty was rewarded with one of Daily’s new CDs and a tour shirt.