OFFICERS are checking town centre CCTV footage and appealing for witnesses after an elderly lady was robbed by four young people on New Year’s Eve in Rugby Town Centre.
The woman was waiting for a bus outside Peacock’s in Church Street, Rugby at 1.15pm when it is believed that four white males aged approximately 17-18 years old came over to her and tried to unhook her handbag from her arm. She held on to it and they began to push and pull at it and pushed her to the ground. Once on the ground they hit and kicked her until they got her bag and ran off.
The thieves were chased off down Regent Street by the woman’s daughter and a ranger but were lost.
The elderly woman strained her shoulder during the assault and is described as extremely upset and shocked by what has happened to her.
The black handbag contained cash, a Samsung digital camera, a small bunch of keys and gold necklace with leaf design pendant and two gold rings.
One male is described as a clean shaven white male with a skinny face and short dark hair wearing a black hooded top.
A second male is described as wearing a blue zip up hooded top, blue jeans with one leg ripped at the thigh and a third male was wearing a light brown jacket and blue jeans. There is no description of a fourth male.
Officers also believe a white female may have been with the group at around the time the incident occurred.
If you are offered gold jewellery at a price that is ‘too good to be true’ please contact the police as it may be probably stolen.
Officers are appealing for witnesses or any information that could help them identify the offenders. Please contact the Local Investigation Team on 01926 415000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.