Gardaí are seekinig a thief who stole a woman’s handbag in broad daylight by knocking his victim to the ground in Longford town last week.
The incident occurred as the woman was walking along the Park Road area of town last Thursday afternoon.
Gardaí believe the suspect approached the victim, who is in her sixties, from behind before snatching the bag from the woman’s shoulder.
During a brief scuffle that followed, the woman fell to the ground as the thief ran off in the direction of Legion Terrace.
Gardaí have since viewed CCTV footage taken from the area and spoken to the victim who was able to provide officers with a description of her alleged assailant.
He is described as being tall in height and was wearing a blue hoodie and black jeans.
The stolen handbag, which has yet to be recovered, contained a Sony Xperia mobile phone and accompanying red cover.
A quantity of cash and bank cards were also inside.
They also want to speak to anyone who may have been passing along Park Road at around 4.15pm last Thursday (September 17) to come forward.
Separately, Gardaí are investigating a vicious assault on a man in Longford town earlier this month.
The 20-year-old victim was walking along the town’s main Battery Road at between 6am and 6.30am on September 6 last when he was set upon by a number of men.
As the man approached the Fee Court Complex area, he was attacked and sustained a number of serious facial injuries.
He was subsequently hospitalised after first attending Midoc, the out-of-hours GP service in Longford town.
No arrests have yet been made, prompting gardai to issue a public appeal on the incident.
A number of thefts have taken place over the past seven days.
Between 5pm last Thursday (September 17) and 9am last Friday at Cloncoose, Longford, a string of items were snatched from a black Nissan car.
They included a Kango jackhammer, petrol consaw and De Walt angle grinder.
Meanwhile, an investigation is also under way after a house at Cahanagh, Longford, was broken into between 3pm last Friday and 7pm on Sunday evening.
Gardaí are still trying to establish exactly what was taken in the raid, which resulted in a conservatory window being forced open.
Anyone with information in connection to any of these incidents is asked to contact Longford Garda Station on 043 3350570 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.