Handbag grab lands elderly woman in hospital

Last updated 17:26 29/09/2012

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An elderly woman was knocked unconscious during a brazen handbag snatch in Auckland.

Police say offender pushed the 66-year-old woman to the ground during a struggle for her daughter's handbag on Great South Rd, Manurewa, about 11.20am today.

When she fell to the ground, the elderly woman hit her head and was knocked unconscious.

Police say the mother and daughter, 34, had just returned to their car after a day of shopping when the robber struck.

A large man snatched the daughter's bag from the front passenger seat, police say.

The daughter reached across and gripped her bag. 

In a brief struggle, the bag's strap broke and the offender attempted to race off.

The victim's elderly mother, who had just returned to the car, stepped in to stop the offender when he shoved her to the ground.

She was taken to Middlemore Hospital in a stable condition.

Police are appealing to any witnesses to the robbery or sightings of the getaway car to contact Counties Manukau Police.

The alleged offender is described as a Maori or Pacific Islander wearing black gloves and a long dark jacket.

The incident occurred by the Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, on the corner of Great South Road and Kerrs Rd.

The alleged offender drove off in a silver Mazda MPV DGQ299, which has since been found by police.

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