Man arrested after nine elderly victims in Norwich have bags snatched by bicycle-riding robber is released under investigation
A man who was arrested after a spate of crimes committed against elderly women has been released under investigation.
Detectives at Norfolk Constabulary continue to investigate a number of robberies and thefts in Norwich which took place between October 20 and November 15, where a number of elderly women were robbed of their handbags at various locations.
The man, aged in his 40s, was arrested yesterday, taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre and questioned.
He has subsequently been released but remains under investigation whilst the enquiry continues.
Nine women, aged in their 70s and 90s, had their bags stolen in the space of just over two weeks.
And police linked the cases, where a man rode up to them on a bicycle before striking.
Yesterday, police released CCTV footage of the most recent robbery, where a woman in her 70s was pulled to the ground as a man on a bike rode past her and grabbed her bag.
That happened at around 12.50pm on Wednesday close to the Belvedere Community Centre in Belvoir Street.
The robbery was one of a number of robberies and thefts in the city in the past few days.
• A woman in her 70s was robbed of her handbag in Ampthill Street, off Unthank Road on Tuesday. That crime happened at about 4.40pm.
• A man riding a bike stole a bag from a woman in her 90s in Distillery Square, off Dereham Road. He struck between 9.45am and 10.05am on Monday.
• A 72-year-old woman had her bag stolen by a man on a bike as she waited at a bus stop in Margaret Paston Avenue in Mile Cross. The crime happened shortly before 1.30pm on Saturday.
• A woman in her 80s was robbed of her red shopping bag in Brightys Opening, off Dereham Road. Again, a man on a bike was the description given, with the crime taking place at just before 10am on Friday, November 3.
Detective Constable Emma Gray of Norwich CID, said: “These are despicable crimes committed by an individual targeting the most vulnerable.
“I would encourage people, especially elderly residents, to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police.”
The police have linked the latest crimes to the following previous crimes:
• Monday, October 30 around 8.50am on Beloe Avenue in Bowthorpe, where a woman, aged in her 70s, who was using an electric wheelchair, was robbed of her handbag by a man riding a bike.
• Saturday, November 4 around 2.45pm in Grove Walk, near Ipswich Road, where a woman, aged in her 80s, has been pulled to the ground by an unknown man before her leather handbag was stolen.
• Sunday, November 5 around 10.35am in Angel Road, where a man riding a bike stole a bag from a woman in her 70s.
• Wednesday, November 8 around 10.20am on Adelaide Street, off Dereham Road, where a woman, aged in her 80s, had her handbag stolen from her by a man riding a bike.
• Witnesses or anyone with information should contact DC Emma Gray on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.