Police are investigating a third handbag snatch in Seaford which saw an elderly woman knocked to the ground.
The robbery is the third of its kind in the town in nine days and police believe the incidents could be linked.
The latest offence took place at around 4.30pm last Wednesday (February 19) in a twitten between the A259 Eastbourne Road and Perth Close.
An 83-year-old woman was approached by a man as she walked along the footpath. He grabbed her black leather handbag, knocking her to the ground and made off towards the A259.
The culprit is described as being white, 5’10”, in his late teens and slender. He is thought to have been wearing a dark hoodie and jeans.
Inspector Stephen Tullett said, “Despite recent events this is an unusual crime for Seaford and we are keen to speak to anyone who saw the incident.
“If anyone finds the handbag or has other information I would ask that they phone Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting serial 1130 of 19/2.
“Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The first robbery took place on Monday February 10 when a 69-year-old woman was walking in Bramber Lane at about 1.15pm and was approached from behind. Her tan/cream handbag was pulled from her with such force that she fell and suffered cuts and bruises.
In that offence the offender, described as a young man in dark clothing, headed off towards the Crouch. The bag has been recovered but some items are still missing.
Then on Thursday February 13 a 75-year-old waiting for a bus in Hillside Avenue was targeted. The robbery took place at around 1pm and after snatching her bag the culprit ran into Hythe Crescent.
The victim’s black and white bag contained a purse, cash and bank cards. The offender was described as white, 5’8”, of slender build, and is thought to have been wearing a grey jacket and a dark beanie-style hat.