Detectives in Surrey Heath are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Camberley in which a woman had her purse snatched after she got off a bus yesterday morning (Monday, 15 December).
The incident happened when the 28-year-old victim alighted from the number 34 bus in Pembroke Broadway at around 7.25 am. She began to walk towards Park Street when the handbag on her shoulder was pulled sharply, causing her to fall to the ground. The contents of the bag spilt out and the suspect grabbed a purse from the floor and ran off towards Park Street.
The suspect, who is believed to have travelled on the same bus which runs from West End to Camberley, is described as a white man, aged in his thirties, 5ft 11” tall and of a very skinny build. He had dark brown scraggy collar length hair, looked scabby around the mouth and had what appeared to be a tattoo on his neck. He was wearing a dark zipped hooded top and black combat style trousers.
Detective Constable Stephen Bosel investigating said: “This was a frightening incident for the victim who was going about her everyday business on her way to work. I would appeal to anyone, particularly if they were a passenger on the same bus or were waiting at the bus stop, who may have witnessed this offence to contact Surrey Police as soon as possible. Residents, workers and visitors to the town should be allowed to carry out their normal activities safely and without fear of violence.”
Anyone with information which might help the investigation is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140105715 or by using the online reporting system found at http://www.surrey.police.uk/. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.