POLICE have released descriptions of the men they believe mugged two elderly women in the centre of Liss last week. An 83-year-old woman was robbed as she withdrew money from an ATM last Thursday morning. And 20 minutes later a 68- year-old woman had her handbag snatched as she walked along Rake Road The first incident occurred at 9-10 am when the 83 year old was using a cash machine at Tesco Express on Hill Brow Road. She was approached by a man who asked her a question, to which she replied. She then withdrew her cash from the ATM, and as she took hold of the money, the man attempted to grab it from her hand. The offender only got away with half of the notes which were torn in the struggle. He ran off towards the station leaving the woman with an injury to her knee. Police want to speak to a youth described as white, 5 ft 5 ins, of slight or slim build, aged 14 to 16 and wearing a dark jacket and a beanie-style hat. The second incident was around 9-30 am when a 68-year-old woman was walking along Rake Road. As she passed the British Legion, she was approached by a man who appeared to be on the phone. He walked past her before grabbing her bag which contained money, a Minolta camera and bank cards. The woman's ankle was injured. The man is described as white, aged 20 to 25, of proportionate build, with short, cropped black hair and clean shaven with very pale skin. He wore a black jacket and light chino- style trousers. DC David Holden said: "I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of these incidents to come forward as they may have vital information to assist our investigation. We believe these incidents are linked. "I have been informed that a man may have been hiding in the car park behind Tesco Express at around 9-15 am and I would like to hear from anyone who was in the area. We believe that in the second incident, the offender ran off in the direction of Inwood Road." Contact DC Holden at Alton CID on 0845 045 45 45 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Two Liss women mugged
Friday 12th January 2007 12:00 am