Police are increasing officer patrols after two separate street robberies involving pensioners in Mexborough.
At around 9pm on Saturday, May 3 a 76-year-old woman was walking from Pym Road to Milton Road when she was pushed to the ground by a man who then took her purse.
The pensioner suffered minor injuries during the struggle but did not require hospital treatment.
Today, police have said the robbery may be linked to a theft which happened in nearby Dolcliffe Road at around 1.15pm on Friday 25 April.
In that incident, a 68-year-old woman had her purse snatched from her hand. She was not hurt.
The suspect, in both cases, is described as being a white man, between 5ft 5ins and 5ft 8ins tall, slim, in his late teens or early twenties and wearing dark clothing.
South Yorkshire Police have increased patrols in the area and are appealing for information from members of the public.
Superintendent Eddie Murphy said: “While I do not want to cause undue alarm or distress, I would like to warn pensioners to be especially on their guard in the Mexborough area at the moment, as there have been two similar incidents within a relatively short space of time.
“I would also like to urge anyone who has information on these despicable crimes to call South Yorkshire Police on 101.
“Someone out there must know who committed these crimes, in which some of the most vulnerable members of the community have been targeted, and I would strongly encourage these people not to protect those responsible.”
Anyone with any information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1251 of Saturday 3 May. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.