Police are appealing for help following a street robbery in Bournemouth.
The incident, in which an elderly woman was robbed, happened at around 5.30pm on Thursday 12 February 2015 near Rose Gardens.
The 76-year-old Bournemouth victim was walking through the alleyway at the rear of Bloomfield Avenue when she heard running footsteps behind her. She was then grabbed from behind and dragged to the floor while the male offender demanded that she handed over her handbag. She tried to get away and struggled to resist being wrestled to the ground while shouting out for help. The man stole her mobile phone before running off.
The victim was heading from Rose Gardens toward Wimborne Road when she was attacked. The offender had come from the alleyway, indicating he had been on Wimborne Road, just before the incident took place.
Detective Constable Michelle Lawrence of Bournemouth CID, said: “A man passed the victim moments before the incident took place. He was described as in his late teens to early twenties, around five feet seven inches tall and of average build with short dark neat hair. He may have been wearing a light grey jacket of sorts and something bright yellow around his feet area such as socks or footwear.
“I would urge this man described, or anyone who many recognise the description, to contact me in confidence. I would also like to stress that it is not known if this man is connected to the robbery. I do know that he was in the area so am hoping he will be able to help us with the investigation.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 12:325. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.