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Police warn elderly and loved ones to beware of serial purse snatcher

Please look out for the elderly women you love: Cliffside Park police are now reporting their fourth purse-snatching in the borough in the past month, all near local banks.

“Keep your eyes open for anyone following elderly women either by foot or by car,” police ask. If you see anything suspicious, flag down the nearest police officer or dial 911. Do not approach him yourself.

Police also urged residents to “remind elderly family members that if they go to the bank to keep their money separate from their pocketbook, because this seems to be the target of the bad guy.” The thief is described as about 5-foot-7, possibly Hispanic, and wearing a baseball cap.


A community meeting is scheduled for Nov. 17 at Borough Hall, where police and residents can discuss the crime spree and devise ways of spotting the brazen thief before someone gets seriously hurt.


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