By Tim Clarke 25/04 Updated: 26/04 12:52
A WOMAN was hit in the stomach as a robber snatched her handbag in a supermarket car park.
The victim was sat in the driver's seat of her car at Sainsbury's on Windermere Drive on Sunday (April 22) at about 1pm when a man opened her front passenger door and tried to grab her handbag.
She clung to it but was hit several times on the arm and stomach before the man eventually made off with the bag.
He left the car park on a bicycle, chased by two members of the public who detectives are very keen to trace.
The thief came off his bike and dropped the woman's bag before running off towards Blackpole.
He is described as white, aged about 16 and was wearing a grey hooded top.
Detective Sergeant James Bayliss from Worcester CID said: "I'd like to thank the members of the public who came to the woman's aid and we would very much like to speak to them. They may have vital information and I urge them to come forward along with anyone else who witnessed the incident."
The robbery at Sainsbury's is being linked to two other handbag snatches in the Tesco car park on Mill Wood Drive, which happened earlier in the weekend.
The first took place between 5.15pm and 5.25pm on Friday (April 20) when a woman was sat in the driver's seat of her car after finishing shopping.
She was about to leave when a man opened the front passenger door and snatched her handbag.
He is described as white, 5ft 10ins tall, in his early 20s, with a very slim build, distinctive cheek bones and a prominent nose.
He was wearing a black woolly hat, dark coloured trainers, a black long-sleeved zip-up coat with a dark hooded top underneath and shiny jogging bottoms.
Then on Saturday (21 April) at 5.40pm another woman was sat in her car after doing her shopping when a man approached the vehicle and tried to open the door closest to her handbag. But it was locked and the man ran off empty handed.
He is described as white, aged 18 to 20, with a very slim build and was wearing a beige baseball cap.
Anyone with information should call police on 0300 333 3000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A MAN in his 30s was arrested on Monday (April 23) on suspicion of robbery in connection with the incident in the Sainsbury's car park. He has been released on police bail until May 9, pending further inquiries.
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