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Cops probe Elmont purse snatching

An Elmont woman had her purse snatched by an assailant who jumped her as she stopped to get her mail on the way into the house after coming home from work Tuesday, police said.

The incident is likely not connected to a string of at least a dozen driveway purse-snatchings in Nassau County, police said.

"Detectives really don't feel it's connected, that it fits the pattern," Nassau police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said Wednesday. "You can never say never, that it's not connected, and you've always got to keep the door open. But, it's unlikely."

Police said Tuesday's purse-snatching took place outside the home on Litchfield Avenue in Elmont at about 6:40 p.m.

Most of the other dozen purse-snatchings took place south of Hempstead Turnpike between Baldwin and Wantagh, Smith said. The locations of those robberies, which began on Oct. 23, include Baldwin, Bellmore, East Meadow, Hicksville, Levittown, Merrick, North Merrick and Wantagh.

Police have said they believe two assailants are responsible for the previous robberies.

Just one assailant was seen Tuesday night and police said the victim, a 56-year-old woman, did not get a good look at the man and could only estimate he was about 5-foot-7.

The assailant in the known connected purse-snatchings has been estimated to be about 5-foot-6 or 5-foot-7, but there are believed to be some inconsistencies between the incident Tuesday night and the others - though police did not detail all those differences.

In the Tuesday incident police said the woman had parked her car across the street from her home then stopped at the mailbox on the way into the house when she was "approached from behind by an unknown male who grabbed her pocketbook and forcibly attempted to pull it from her shoulder." The woman was knocked to the ground during the attack, police said.

The robber then dragged the woman "several feet" before wrestling the pocketbook away from her and running off.

Police said the woman suffered a bruise to her head and a cut to her knee.

She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Police said the pocketbook contained papers, credit cards and a cell phone. It was not clear if cash was taken, too.

The assailant had a thin build and wearing a dark colored waist-length jacket, the woman told police. Police believe the men involved in the known connected purse-snatchings target women traveling alone, follow them to their homes and then one of them attacks the victim in their driveways as the other assailant mans a getaway car.

The latest known attack occurred a week ago in Baldwin.

The victim in that case fought off the would-be purse-snatcher, who was unable to steal her pocketbook and fled.


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