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Police investigating a series of five bag snatches in the Eastern suburbs believe the same offender may be responsible for most, if not all, of them and is using a car stolen from Grey Lynn last Friday afternoon to get around in.

In the latest two incidents that occurred within minutes of each other yesterday at 11.15am and 11.30am in Mission Bay and Remuera respectively, two women in their 80s were targeted and one - an 87 year-old - was hospitalised with a large gash to her right forearm.

The woman had her hand bag snatched from her as she leant towards the driver of a car who had asked her for directions to Meadowbank. He pulled her right arm into the car in order to grab the bag from her shoulder and in so doing, caused her to cut her forearm on the driver's window.

He made off with a navy blue cloth bag that contained a small umbrella, sunglasses and a small floral purse with some $10 and $5 notes in it.

Fifteen minutes later an 80 year-old woman who was sitting at a bus stop on Remuera Rd was approached by a man who asked her for directions. When she placed her handbag on the seat he grabbed it and left in a car heading towards Newmarket.

Police investigating these and similar offences over the past five days believe a silver, 2001 Mazda 626 sedan GLX that was stolen at about 3pm on Friday, September 12, is being driven by the offender.

He's described as a 35 to 40 year-old Caucasian of medium build with tanned skin and short, light-brown hair. He has a receding hairline and discoloured teeth and sports a tattoo on his upper left bicep.

Other robberies believed to have been carried out by the same person are:

September 12 - 4.15pm, Lillington Rd, Remuera; a 37 year-old woman was threatened with a claw hammer and had her bag taken from her as she walked to a nearby school to collect her child. September 13 - 7pm, Great South Rd, Greenlane; a 30 year-old woman was approached by a man who had alighted from a silver car and asked her for the time. He then took her bag and drove off. September 15 - 11.15am, Ronaki Rd, Mission Bay; 87 year-old woman is asked for directions and suffers a cut to her arm while her bag is snatched from her. September 15, - 11.30am, Remuera Rd, Remuera; 80 year-old woman is approached at a bus stop and has her bag stolen from her. September 15 - 11.49am, St Vincent Ave, Remuera; 54 year-old woman is at a bus stop near Carmont St when a silver car pulls alongside and the man inside asks for directions to Meadowbank. He gets out of the car and lunges for her handbag and, while holding onto the straps, drives off with the woman running alongside, screaming. He releases the bag and drives away.

Police are warning women who are walking in the area alone to be extra vigilant and to avoid engaging with strangers who approach them.

Any information about a possible offender should go to ngahiraka.latimer@police.govt.nz or ph 524 1940.

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