South East Wales

Llanrumney police appeal after two OAP handbag thefts

Police in Cardiff are linking the robberies of two elderly women on the same city housing estate.

A 78-year-old woman was returning from the shops in Llanrumney at 1000 BST on Wednesday when a man grabbed her shopping bag and purse and ran off.

Detectives believe a man in his early 20s is responsible for a similar bag snatch from an 84-year-old in the area on 13 April.

They called the crimes "disgraceful" and appealed for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to call 029 2077 4252, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall, thin, in his early 20s, clean shaven and wearing a grey jacket with a black hood.

The latest robbery took place in a gully near Washford Avenue after the woman had visited shops in Countisbury Avenue.

The first was in Bampton Road after the victim had collected money from the post office.

Det Con James Morris from Rumney CID said: "Both crimes are being linked because of the proximity of the locations, the nature of the offence, and the description of the suspect.

"To target lone elderly woman in this way is disgraceful and the person responsible should be thoroughly ashamed.

"We are continuing to check CCTV in the area and carry out forensic enquiries but in the meantime we urge anyone with information, or who thinks they may have seen him, to contact us."

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