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Drive-by Purse-snatchers Strike 6 Times in 4 Days

A pair of brazen drive-by purse-snatchers struck six times in four days on the South Shore this week, knocking two women to the ground 15 minutes apart in Hicksville on Friday, Nassau County police said.

A 31-year-old woman was walking to her vehicle in the Delco Plaza parking lot on South Broadway when a woman reached out of the passenger-side window of moving a car and grabbed the victim’s handbag from her shoulder, causing the victim to fall and be dragged at 12:44 p.m., police said.

The robbers made off with the purse, but 15 minutes later the same woman snatched a purse from a 28-year-old victim, causing her to fall to the ground on the corner of Jerusalem Avenue and Old Country Road, police said. In that case, the robber fled empty handed.


Detectives have linked both incidents to a case in which a man stole a 65-year-old woman’s purse out of a shopping cart in the BJ’s parking lot on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown at 12:35 p.m. Friday. Investigators believe both suspects committed three similar thefts in the three days prior.

Police said the same suspects also snatched purses at the Long Island Rail Road Station in Massapequa on Tuesday, at the King Kullen on Stewart Avenue in Bethpage on Wednesday and at the Pathmark on Merrick Road in Seaford at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

In that case, the driver of the car grabbed the a 54-year-old woman’s purse while he drove passed, knocking her to the ground in the supermarket parking lot before he drove off. The victim’s purse was found—without any cash inside—on the northbound side of the Wantagh State Parkway 20 minutes later.

The victim suffered a contusion to the head but did not need immediate medical attention. The woman who was dragged from the car was taken to an area hospital for treatment of contusions to her legs.

The suspects are described as a white man and woman in their 20s driving a dark-colored car, possibly a Nissan.

Robbery Squad detectives ask anyone with information about these crimes to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

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