Catalogue saleswoman robbed in Guildford
By mattcollison | Friday, September 21, 2012, 14:53
A DOOR to door caller was robbed of £200 in the Wood Street area of Guildford.
The 50-year-old homeward catalogue representative had come to the end of her round on September 18 and was walking on a verge next to Pound Lane, when a man on a bicycle approached and attempted to grab her shoulder bag.
She turned away in a bid to try and stop the offender, but was then struck on the shoulder, causing her to fall to her knees.
The suspect managed to steal the bag and cycled off up Pound Lane away from Wood Street. He made off with £200 in cash and cheques, a bright blue Betterware shoulder bag and sundry items including a frying pan cover and heel pads.
As a result of the incident, which happened sometime between 8pm and 8.20pm, the saleswoman suffered a swollen ankle and bruising.
Detective constable Alex Boxall investigating said: "This was a frightening incident for the victim who was just carrying out her usual business activities. Surrey Police will not tolerate this type of opportunistic crime and I would ask anyone who has any information which could help officers bring this audacious criminal to justice to contact me.
"An incident of this nature is extremely rare in this semi-rural neighbourhood and the community should be reassured officers are doing everything possible to locate the offender."
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference GD/12/8552. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.