Man steals purse while 'helping' disabled woman who portrays Mrs. Claus at Portland's annual tree lighting ceremony

Authorities are looking for a man who stole Karrie Whitman’s purse out of her mobility scooter after offering to help her onto a MAX platform in Happy Valley.

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. — Authorities in Clackamas County are searching for a purse snatcher who appears to be destined for Santa’s naughty list. 

Karrie Whitman has been Mrs. Claus at the annual tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square for 16 years. This year will make it 17.

She also uses a mobility scooter and on Sept. 1, a man pretending to be a good Samaritan took advantage of her disability.

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