String of driveway robberies prompts crime alert

A string of robberies has prompted a crime alert.  Memphis police say three women have recently had their purses and personal items stolen, in their own driveways, by suspects who stopped to ask for directions.

The most recent was a 90-year-old woman who had to be taken to the hospital after her attack

The 90-year old robbery victim was too scared to let us show her face or use her name, but she did show us her battered arm. It got that way when she refused to let go of her pocketbook and robbers pushed her to the ground.

Police are linking at least three robberies to each other - all of them in East Memphis. They happened within a week of each other. All three victims were women and the crimes happened in their own driveways.

Sgt. Vince Higgins told Action News Five, "They approach them as they enter their driveway, coming from some location. And come up to em ask em a direction. And then try to rob them."

Most people would likely try to help someone who asked directions. Police say that's okay - just be smart about it.

If you're approached by a stranger, keep your distance while you're answering questions. If they do try to rob you, comply with their demands and hand over whatever they ask for.  When it's over, try to be a good witness - remember details about the suspects and their vehicles.

The suspects were described as being very polite and calm throughout all of the robberies.

Nobody was seriously injured - but the suspects did show a handgun.

If you have any information that could help police solve these crimes call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.