Public praised for helping women after bag snatches

The Good Samaritans were praised after chasing down a thief who stole two women’s bags and recovered their items.

A woman had finished her groceries and was putting her groceries in the trunk of her car when a man snatched her purse by her wrist.

She was then pulled to the ground.

A member of the public witnessed the crime and pursued the thief following the incident in Gateford Road, Worksop on February 5, 2021.

He managed to return his bag.

A day later the force received a second report of a robbery in Potter Street, Worksop, with another woman approached from behind.

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She was forcefully pushed and her satchel was pulled so hard that the strap broke.

Once again members of the public stepped up to help the woman when they heard her screaming and were able to retrieve a handbag minutes later from a nearby garden.

Przemyslaw Langowski, 36, of no fixed address, was found by officers after being identified as living locally during both incidents.

CCTV footage and descriptions of the man matched Langowski’s appearance and he was arrested.

He appeared at Derby Crown Court on Tuesday (29 March 2022) for sentencing, having pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery.

He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Detective Sergeant Ricky Ellis, Nottinghamshire Police, said: ‘We must commend the brave actions of both incidents by members of the public, who spotted the women in distress and in need of help.

“Without their help, they would not have recovered their bags.

“In both street robberies, Langowski targeted single women.

“These reported incidents, just a day apart, left both women extremely shaken and one had to go to hospital with a wrist injury.

“That’s the effect theft can have on victims and that’s exactly why our officers work so hard to investigate reports like this.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening and to ensure that the offenders are brought to justice.”

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