The 60-year-old woman is facing nine charges, after being arrested at YVR as part of a suspected airport theft ring.
Miriam Fajardo, 60, a foreign national, has been charged with one count of obstructing a police officer, two counts related to possessing identity documents and six counts of theft under $5,000.
The alleged offences happened between March 2 and April 19 at or near the airport.
The Richmond News reported last week how the woman was arrested at YVR as part of a police crackdown on organized crime.
The woman was alleged to have stolen a purse from a passenger in the international arrivals terminal on Wednesday around 10 a.m.
She is believed to be part of a larger, organized theft group travelling from airport to airport.
Richmond RCMP’s YVR detachment has been deploying plain-clothes teams to conduct surveillance on these types of crimes originating from March of this year.
Police are looking at the possibility of linking multiple instances of theft to this woman, while a number of law enforcement agencies, besides the RCMP, are interested in the accused.
Police would like to remind people to be mindful of their personal effects and valuables at all times and to report any suspicious activity immediately.