Appeal following handbag snatches in Tamworth

Tuesday, 13th November 2018

STAFFORDSHIRE Police is appealing for help in identifying a man caught on camera after two elderly women were injured during handbag robberies in Tamworth.

Officers received a report that a 77-year-old woman had been pushed to the floor and her handbag taken by a man, just after 10am at a bus stop in Lichfield Road on 28 September.

A purse and £400 was stolen.

The following day (29 September), an 83-year-old woman was pulled back by her handbag strap when walking along the River Anker by a man just before 4pm, causing her to fall.

The woman then went back to the canal towpath and found her handbag.

A coin purse containing a small amount of cash was taken.

The two women suffered minor injuries.


Officers believe that the two incidents are linked and are particularly interested in a black Citroen which they believe was near the bus stop on Lichfield Road.

Detective Inspector Alan Lyford said: “This was two vulnerable elderly ladies that were attacked in broad daylight and left understandably shaken.

“We are determined to find the man responsible and are now appealing to the public to come forward with any information that may assist with our investigation.

“If anyone knows the man pictured, or witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the two areas at the time, please call 101 quoting incident number 233 of 28 September.”

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