Elderly woman mugged for €3 cash and old mobile
An 83-year-old woman was left shaken after her bag was snatched with just €3 and an old phone inside.
It was one of two muggings of elderly women in south Dublin on the same night, with the first incident occurring just after 5.30pm last Friday in the unlit car park of Mount Merrion Community Centre.
The woman had been attending a movie screening in the community centre with the Active Retired Association.
As she opened her car door, she was approached by a lone male on a bicycle wearing a hood.
He was described as being in his late teens or early 20s.
The woman's daughter told the Herald her mother was unaware that the male had approached her until she heard the words "give me your bag".
She said the young male then put his hands on her bag and repeated the words as he grabbed it from her.
The woman offered no resistance and didn't suffer any injuries.
"She was a bit shaken but it all happened so fast that she didn't have time to register what had happened," her daughter said.
"She didn't have much in her bag as she'd just been shopping - just €3 in coins and an old mobile phone. She had two bank cards which my brother cancelled immediately.
"Her bag wouldn't have been much use to anyone."
Gardai in Blackrock are investigating the incident and are appealing for witnesses to the mugging.
Meanwhile, gardai in Irishtown are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery of a woman in her 70s in Sandymount.
The incident occurred at a bus stop on Newgrove Avenue shortly before 7pm on the same night.
"The woman was approached by a lone male (perhaps early 20s) who, following a struggle to get her handbag, made off with nothing," a garda spokesman said.
"The woman managed to hold on to her bag but sustained a number of injuries and was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not life-threatening."
Gardai do not believe at this stage the incidents are connected.
It is understood that the description of the men do not match.