POLICE are appealing for information after an elderly woman had her purse stolen during a bag snatch at Tweed Heads. This is a still from the CCTV footage from the shopping centre.
POLICE are appealing for information after an elderly woman had her purse stolen during a bag snatch at Tweed Heads. This is a still from the CCTV footage from the shopping centre.

Police looking for purse snatchers

POLICE are appealing for information after an elderly woman had her purse stolen during a bag snatch at Tweed Heads last month.

About 4.30pm, Monday, May 31, a 79-year-old woman was shopping with a friend when they returned to her car parked on the first level of a shopping centre car park near Bay Street.

It will be alleged as the woman opened the driver’s side door of her car a man ran up behind her and grabbed her handbag off her shoulder before running away.

The woman who was not injured during the incident yelled out after the man, however, he managed to make good his escape and was last seen running towards the banks of the Tweed River.

Police were called and a number of witnesses directed them to nearby wheelie bins where the woman’s handbag was found, however, her purse containing cash and documents was missing.

Detectives from Tweed Heads are continuing their investigations into the incident and believe a man depicted in closed-circuit television footage may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, 20 – 25 years old, about 170cm tall with a large build and short brown shaven hair.

He was wearing a blue/grey short sleeve polo t-shirt, a green t-shirt underneath with jeans and white joggers.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet spoken to police or who has information about the identity and whereabouts of the man depicted in the closed-circuit television images is urged to contact Tweed Heads Detectives office on (07) 5536 0917 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 



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