SALISBURY SENIOR ALERT: It’s Summer and Strong Arm Robbers and Purse Snatchers are Preying on the Elderly throughout the City

Posted on August 3, 2016

RFP Staff

♦  It’s summer now and all over Salisbury , N.C. the police bulletins and news blotters are reporting seniors being mugged, having their purses snatched, or being strong armed.  It happening in chain store parking lots, fast food spots, supermarkets, unsecured hospital waiting areas, in Fulton Heights, by outdoor ATMs, by payday loans, bus stops–just about anywhere elderly men and women appear with visible handbags, packages, and purses. The elderly are easy prey because they often lack the strength and speed to fight off a teen to 30 year old.

On Tuesday afternoon Virginia Ellen Graves, 86, a Korean War Vet, who served as a nurse, was slammed to the ground and had her pocketbook almost yanked from her arm while she managed a cane and her groceries.  The incident took place at the corner of West Liberty and North Fulton Streets and was over in seconds before the purse snatcher fled empty-handed up West Liberty Street.  Graves made a trip to the hospital where she was treated for cuts and scrapes to her arms and a head bruise before her release.

The corner of West Liberty and North Fulton Streets in Salsibury:

Her mugger was described as a Black man in his 20’s who wore a tan sleeveless shirt.

If anyone knows about the strong arm robber they are urged to call the Salisbury Police at 704-638-5333 or the Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

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