Handbag snatchers hit Naas

GARDAI believe that two handbag snatch attempts carried out in Naas are linked.

GARDAI believe that two handbag snatch attempts carried out in Naas are linked.

The attacks took place in broad daylight close to the main street.

A 51 year old from the Ballycane area of Naas was confronted by a young woman at St. Corban’s Lane, close to Chapel Walk, at 12.30 pm on Wednesday last (September 28).

The woman was approached from behind and her bag was grabbed but she successfully resisted.

At around the same time a short distance away at Friary Road a 26 year old woman was approached by a male who also attemped to steal her handbag from her.

The woman, who is from the Clane area, managed to hold on to her bag.

A garda spokesman said that the incidents may well be linked. Among the avenues being explored is the possibility that crimes like these are these are committed by people who arrive into town by bus, from as as far away as Waterford, and leave soon afterwards.

Separately at the Lidl car park, Newbridge Road, Naas, a bizarre effort was made to take a woman’s handbag as she walked from the store to shortly after 3pm on Thursday last (September 22).

The front seat passenger in a Renault Clio car attempted to take the bag from the woman’s shopping trolley as the vehicle was driven past her. She managed to hold on to it.