Double handbag snatch in Swansea - police say crimes are linked
HANDBAG thieves have struck twice in Swansea.
South Wales Police have issued CCTV images and descriptions of people they would like to speak to in connection with their investigation into the two crimes.
The first incident happened at around 10.10pm on Saturday at a pedestrian crossing in Parc Tawe when the 58-year-old female victim was walking home with friends.
Her handbag was pulled from her shoulder by a youth described as being male, aged around 14, of slight build, dressed in black wearing the hood up. The bag fell to the ground and the youth made off empty handed.
He ran off with a second male of similar description in the direction of Dyfatty. The victim fell to the floor and suffered grazes to her arms and legs.
Detective Inspector Darren George of Swansea CID said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw these individuals in or around the Parc Tawe complex on Saturday night to come forward.
“We are linking the incident at Parc Tawe to a similar incident which happened a short distance away in Dyfatty.”
The second incident happened at Harrington Place flats in Dyfatty at 10.30pm when the 60-year-old female victim had her handbag stolen while walking home.
Two males described as being aged in their teens, dressed in dark clothing with hoods up were seen running away towards Dyfatty traffic lights.
They made off with a brown striped handbag which had a long strap and contained a black leather wallet containing cash and various cards.
The CCTV pictures are of two males seen running through the Parc Tawe complex on Saturday night.
Anyone who knows their identity or has any information about the incidents should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.