Merrylands women warned to watch out for bag snatcher

Women in Merrylands have been warned not to walk alone after a spate of daytime bag snatches this week.

Holroyd police issued the alert after three robberies left middle-aged and elderly victims with minor injuries on Sunday and Tuesday mornings.

Police said the first incident took place about 9.20am Sunday on Newman Street when a man ran up behind a 66-year-old woman and pulled her handbag away.

Due to the force used, the woman fell to the ground heavily and cut her right elbow.

Police said at about 10.45am on Sunday, a 77-year-old woman was forced to the ground and had her handbag stolen on St Ann Street near the intersection of Military Road.

She suffered grazes and bruising on her left knee, soft tissue damage to her left shoulder and a cut to her left middle finger.

At about 9.30am on Tuesday, a 72-year-old woman’s bag was pulled from her shoulder on Denmark Street.

“We believe it’s the same person,” Holroyd crime manager Chris Wiedemann said.

“I would like to issue a general warning to women in the Merrylands area to be mindful of walking alone.

‘‘It might be handy when they’re walking to do so with somebody else.

‘‘We’ve got serious concerns that this offender will seriously injure an elderly female that he targets.

‘‘Even though he’s not deliberately assaulting them with a weapon, two of the victims were injured.

“We’re appealing to people who may have some knowledge to bring that forward before someone is seriously hurt.”

The bag snatcher was described as Caucasian, about 30-35 years of age, blond hair with shaved sides and a thin build.

Detectives have formed Strike Force Erlot to investigate the robberies.

Anyone with information should contact Holroyd police on 98974899.

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