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3 more pocketbook muggings on Long Island

November 19, 2010 2:21:02 PM PST
Three women were mugged on Long Island overnight, and two have been linked to a pair believed responsible for at least nine incidents.

The two pocketbook bandits are targeting women, and they strike as the victims step from their cars in parking lots and driveways.

Most of the incidents occur at night, and most of the victims have been senior citizens. Lately, however, younger victims have been targeted.

The spree started in late October and has since spread to eight communities in Nassau County. They include North Bellmore, Baldwin, Levittown, Elmont, East Meadow, Merrick, North Merrick and Wantagh.

The two latest incidents happened in North Bellmore and Merrick. The first incident happened around 6:45, when the 37-year-old victim was putting her bicycle in her garage. She was pushed to the ground by the suspect, who fled the scene with her purse.

The second incident happened just after 9 p.m. in Bellmore. A 29-year-old woman walking home from the train station was approached by a man, who tried to grab her purse and run. She screamed, and the suspect fled without her pocketbook.

Another purse-snatching incident happened just after 10 p.m. in Elmont, but police have not officially linked the attack on the 63-year-old victim to the crime spree.

One of the victims, on November 11, was an 81-year-old Wantagh woman who was attacked in her own driveway. She struggled with the suspect, who was grabbing at her purse.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 6-feet tall, with a thin build and in his late 20s. He was wearing gray sweatpants and a gray sweatshirt. The other suspect is 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6 with a thin build, also in his 20s. He was last seen wearing dark-colored clothing.

The suspects' vehicle is described as a dark-colored four-door sedan.

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