Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance to help catch a mugger who has been stealing handbags from women in Cliftonville.
Officers believe the same man is responsible for the two robberies and a theft, which have all happened in the area of Tesco Metro, Pinkies Restaurant and Laleham School on Northdown Road.
During the theft on 6 January, the 74-year-old victim was at the junction of Northdown Road and Devonshire Gardens heading to Tesco Metro about 4.45pm when a man came up behind her and snatched her three-wheeled tartan shopping trolley, containing her handbag and cash.
The man then ran off, either through the alleyway running alongside Laleham School or along Northumberland Avenue.
The victim was not injured during the incident and the trolley has since been recovered.
In the second incident about 12.15pm on 13 January, an 18-year-old woman was walking along Northdown Road past Pinkies Restaurant when the man came from behind her, grabbed her shoulder bag and tried to pull it away from her.
The woman held onto the bag and during the struggle the man head butted her, causing grazing to her face. The woman fell to the ground but continued to hold onto her bag until the strap snapped, leaving the man with the bag. He then ran off toward the shops on Northdown Road.
Among the items inside the bag were the woman’s keys and money.
During the third incident about 12.30pm on 14 January, the 64-year-old victim was making her way home from Tesco Metro via the alleyway next to Laleham School when a man came from behind and pushed her to the ground.
The man grabbed her shopping trolley and tried to throw it over a large black gate that goes into the school, however the bag came free from the wheel section.