Police say older residents are being targeted by a group of purse snatchers, who robbed three Salt Lake women over the weekend.
A man robbed a 72-year-old woman in a graveyard, 180 N. T St., Saturday at 7:30 a.m. He approached her pretending to need directions, said Salt Lake Police Lt. Phil Kirk.The man said he had a gun and told the woman to give him her money. She told him she didn't have any, so the man took her purse, necklace and watch. The man tried to remove a ring from her finger, but it wouldn't move. A second suspect got out of a mid-size maroon car and poured beer on the woman's finger - then took the ring, Kirk said.
- A 63-year-old East Bench woman was standing in her driveway near 900 South and 1700 East when a man grabbed her purse about 9:15 p.m. Friday and ran.
The woman tried to hold onto it, but the man yanked the purse away from her, Kirk said. He jumped into a maroon car and left.
- A man robbed a 72-year-old woman while she was standing in her driveway near 800 South and 300 East. She described the man as 17 years old and said he asked her to write down some directions about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
When she started writing, the man yanked her purse out of her hands and jumped into a red car.
Salt Lake police detectives are working with the victims to try to track down the suspects.
"They think of it as a easy way to get money because they think the seniors are not likely to fight back or chase them," Kirk said.
"We want people, especially seniors, to be extra careful."