Two charged after alleged bag snatches at Merrylands

A man and a woman were charged yesterday after three elderly women were robbed at Merrylands this week.

About 9.30am yesterday, police stopped a vehicle in Guildford Road, Guildford.

A 20-year-old man and 21-year-old woman were later charged at Merrylands police station with aggravated robbery causing actual bodily harm. They were refused bail and will appear in court today.

About 9.20am Sunday March 2, a 66-year-old woman was walking on Newman Street when a man allegedly ran up behind her and grabbed her handbag.

The woman fell heavily to the ground and cut her right elbow.

About 10.45am Monday March 3, a 77-year-old woman was walking on St Ann Street when a man grabbed her. She was forced to the ground before the man allegedly took her handbag.

The woman’s injuries included grazes and bruises on her left knee, soft tissue damage to her shoulder and a cut to her finger.

About 9.30am Tuesday March 4, a 73-year-old woman was walking south along Denmark Street. A man allegedly grabbed her handbag before a struggle.

The woman’s shoulder was injured but she did not require medical treatment.

Strike Force Erlot, which included officers from Holroyd detectives, was formed to investigate the three robberies.

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