Police seek witnesses to handbag robberies in northern suburbs Friday, 28 January 2011 09:56
Police are investigating a string of handbag robberies believed to be conducted by the same man targeting elderly women.
Investigators believe the man riding a bicycle has struck on eight occasions between 10 January and 23 January in Fitzroy North, Brunswick and Carlton.
The first incident occurred on Monday 10 January about 2pm in Fitzroy North.
Police have been told the 81-year-old woman was walking with the aid of a walking frame along Delbridge Street about 2pm when it appears the man intentionally collided his bicycle into her, causing her to fall.
He then fled the scene with her handbag on his bicycle.
She sustained painful bruising, swelling and a number of cuts and abrasions as a result of the attack.
The victims in all eight robberies have been women aged between 32 and 86 with handbags stolen by a man on a bicycle.
The remaining seven incidents have occurred as follows:
15 January at 3.30pm in Moreland Road, Brunswick;
15 January at 3.45pm in David Street, Brunswick;
15 January at 4pm in Charles Street, Brunswick;
21 January at 10.15am in Noel Street, Brunswick East;
23 January at 9.10am in Elgin Street, Carlton;
23 January at 9.20am along the Park Street bike path, North Fitzroy; and
24 January at 9.55am in Park Street, Brunswick.
All victims have been left with injuries including bruising and swelling, cuts and abrasions and in some cases broken bones.
The offender in every incident has been riding a dark coloured bicycle and is described as 30-45-years old, with tanned skin and a dishevelled appearance.
He was wearing black pants or shorts and depending on the day, either a black or brown top or a red hooded top.
Police have released an image of a man they believe can assist with their enquires