Cops: Serial Purse Snatchers Strike Again On L.I.

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Investigators say two suspects who have allegedly been snatching purses from women on Long Island have struck again.

On Saturday night, a woman walking on Sackett Street in Hicksville around 8 p.m. was approached by two men who grabbed her pocketbook and ran off.

At least nine other women have been terrorized over the past few weeks in Levittown, Baldwin, Merrick, East Meadow, Wantagh, North Merrick and North Bellmore.

In some cases, the elderly victims have been thrown to the ground and injured.

Among the victims is a 37-year-old schoolteacher. She was followed home from the Merrick Train Station, putting her bike away in the garage and turning to see the predator.

Another woman in North Bellmore was listening to her iPod and not paying attention when the mugger came up from behind.

Police are advising residents to look over their shoulders and into the rear view mirror, and to always remain vigilant walking into their homes.

Police urge any victims or witnesses whose homes have security video to contact them with any possible evidence of the violent attacks.

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