Another woman’s handbag snatched by a man on bike
A THIRD woman has had her bag snatched by a man using his bicycle as a getaway vehicle.
The latest incident happened in Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, on Wednesday, May 5, between 12.15pm and 12.30pm.
The man, aged about 20, rode past the woman on a blue mountain bike and grabbed her handbag and a carrier bag as he went past.
Inside her bag was a passport, an identity card, a small amount of cash and a mobile phone.
DC Becky Lown said: “We are linking this to two other incidents in the area.”
The first incident was on April 26 in Beaver Road between 11am and 11.15am when a young man rode past a woman and snatched the purse from her hand.
The 46-year-old victim told the Kentish Express: “I was walk- ing quite fast down the road when I felt something brush me and then he lunged at me and grabbed my bag and it cut my finger as he rode off with it.
“I screamed at two men for them to stop him but they stopped someone else.
“Then I could see him down the bottom of the road almost taunting me. I just think it’s disgusting that someone’s out there doing this.
“He didn’t look very old. I’ve got an 18-year-old son and from the way he rode his bike I’d say he’s roughly the same age.”
She added: “I went back down there a few days later and there’s lots of elderly ladies with their bags gently hanging over their shoulders and I’m worried it could happen to them.”
The second incident happened in Kingsnorth Road on May 4 between 1pm and 1.28pm.
A 36-year-old woman was walking back to work during her lunch break when a young male on a bike rode past her and grabbed her handbag containing money, bank cards, a mobile phone and a diary.
In the latest incident the offender was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket over a white hooded jumper with the hood up.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lown on 01303 289438.