Handbag Snatcher In Cambridge Uses Moped

Police are investigating a series of handbag snatches by a moped rider in Cambridge.

The thief rides a dark, possibly black, scooter and targets female cyclists with baskets mounted on the front of their bikes.

He approaches from behind and pulls alongside before grabbing their handbag and escaping.

He is operating in the Arbury and East Chesterton area with the most recent two offences taking place at about 5.15pm on Tuesday at the Milton Road junction with Union Lane and then a few minutes later in Church Street, Chesterton.

Other offences have taken place on:

  • November 23 in Milton Road
  • November 22 in Kings Hedges Road, Chesterton Road and Green End Road
  • November 12 in Campkin Road and Lynfield Lane
  • November 9 at the Elizabeth Way roundabout with Chesterton High Street
  • November 2 in Milton Road

The thief is described as white, in his late teens/early 20s, wearing dark clothing, possibly a Puffa jacket, and a helmet with visor. The registration plate of the moped is covered, possibly with tape.

Detective Sergeant Pete Church, who is investigating, said:

"I would urge anyone with information about who this youth might be to contact police and, if anyone does see such an incident, to record as much detail as possible about the moped and the rider, including clothing and helmet, before calling 999.

I would also ask female cyclists to be particularly vigilant when travelling around the city and not to carry valuables in their bag unless absolutely necessary.

Even if people do not ride a bike, I would appeal to them to pass on this warning to others who do."

If you have information - call DS Church on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.