Replacing A Stolen Purse, Restoring Faith in Humanity

Non-Profit President hopes to replace purse stolen from 92-year-old Canton woman

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A 92-year-old Canton woman says she was the victim of a purse snatching last weekend.

Eileen Iverson says she was at the canton post office on Saturday when she watched a man steal her purse out of her car.

The suspect was later caught on camera using her credit cards at a Rock Valley, Iowa gas station.

Frustrated with what happened, Eileen’s granddaughter, Tori, posted the surveillance video on Facebook, asking for help.

The video was shared several thousand times and was viewed by more than 200,000 people.

It also caught the attention of Operation Addy president Anthony Tripp.

“I read it, and I was just so angry with it, I couldn’t sleep!”

Tripp also turned to Facebook using his non-profit page to figure out how to help.

In addition to posting several photos of the suspect hoping someone could identify him, Tripp also reached out for donations to replace the purse that was stolen from Eileen.

“This is not so much about what’s in the purse, it’s about kind of rebuilding that faith in people, in general.”

Tripp has already started the process of gathering items to refill the purse, including gift cards, scissors and an address book.

In addition to that, Tripp’s non-profit is offering a $100 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest of the suspect.

Through the power of Facebook other businesses, such as Affordable Lawn & Snow, have caught wind of the story, and are now chipping in to offer rewards as well.

Tripp says he’s overwhelmed at it all.

“It’s always surprising, you know you think you’re only reaching out to a couple hundred people, and then the response you get on something kind of overwhelms you. With this in general, it’s actually lead to a couple of the names for possible suspects with this guy.”

Tripp has passed those names of potential suspects to the Canton Police Department. Anyone with information is also asked to contact the Police Department at (605) 987-5612.

Tripp is hoping to give the purse to Eileen this weekend. Anyone wanting to donate can reach Anthony through the Operation Addy Facebook pace: https://www.facebook.com/operationaddy/