Purse-snatchings reported in Naha, Yonabaru

Okinawa Prefectural Police said they had received reports of a two purse snatchings targeting elderly women that occurred in Nahs and Yonabaru, Wednesday.

In Naha, a 82-year-old woman was walking on a street near Matsuyama Intersection in Naha’s Kumoji district about 3 p.m., when a man riding on a bicycle snatched her drawstring purse after approaching her from behind. The purse contained ¥14,000 in cash. After snatching the purse, the man rode away in the direction of Kumoji River.

In Yonabaru, about one hour later, a man approached a 69-year-old woman walking on the street, and suddenly snatched her purse that contained ¥18,000 in cash. The robber then escaped the scene in a white car that had been waiting near by, driven by another man.

Okinawa Prefectural Police are continuing an investigation and looking for suspects. Neither woman was hurt in the crimes.

15:04 20 Nov , 2017

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