A ROBBER who brandished a knife at an elderly Doncaster woman is believed to have lain in wait until she collected her pension money, say police.
The victim of the daylight robbery has been left in a state of shock following the incident and police in Doncaster are anxious to trace any witnesses who may have seen the crime or who noticed the suspect making his getaway.
The mugging happened at approximately 9.20am on Tuesday this week, when the 82-year-old woman, who is not being identified, collected her pension from the post office on Richmond Road, Scawsby.
She left the post office and was heading in the direction of The Roman Ridge pub when a thug in his late teens approached her and threatened her with a knife, demanding that she hand over her bag.
The terrified woman did as she was told and the yob then ran off towards Barnsley Road, in the direction of Ridgewood School.
He has been described as white and between 18 and 20 years old. He was around 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build and was wearing a tan coloured tracksuit top and light coloured trousers.
The robbery has prompted police to issue a warning to older people to be wary of their surroundings, especially if they are near banks or post offices and are carrying sums of cash.
PC Craig Nicol, of Doncaster CID, said: “This incident has really shaken the woman up and I am urging the public to come forward if they have any information on the incident or know the identity of the man.
“We believe this may be a targeted attack and that the man may have been watching the woman before she went into the post office.
“I would always advise people to be aware of their surroundings and to remain vigilant as to who is around them and, if they are in any uncertainty, to contact the police.”
Officers have carried out house-to-house enquiries near the scene of the crime.
n Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the police on 0114 220 2020 and to quote incident 273 of June 21 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.