Police are appealing for witnesses following two potentially linked robberies in Huddersfield.
The first took place at around 8.30pm on Thursday, March 28, on the footpath between Oxley Road and Bradley Boulevard in Sheepridge after a 25-year-old women was approached from behind while walking there.
As he walked up behind her the suspect pushed her to the floor and snatched her white Paul Boutique handbag before running off.
In the second incident on Sunday, March 31, a 71-year-old woman was approached by a man on Elder Road in Bradley also at around 8.30pm.
The woman was pushed to the ground by a man, carrying a crowbar, who stole her handbag before making off.
The suspect from both offences is described as white, between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 9ins in height and of average to slim build and potentially a teenager. In the second offence the suspect was described as wearing a light blue hooded top, possibly with stripes on it and baggy bottoms.
Neither of the victims were seriously hurt but both were distressed by the incidents.
DC Cath Uttley of the Kirklees Robbery Team, said: “We are linking these two offences which happened quite close to each other and at the same time of the day.
“In both offences the suspect has targeted lone women and I would ask for anyone who saw what happened in either offence or has information to contact us to help us catch this individual.
“Information can be given to the Kirklees Robbery Team at Huddersfield CID on 101 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”