Police are appealing for information after two bag snatches from elderly people in Brierfield in a 15-minute period on Sunday.
The first incident took place in Walter Street at 5-45pm when a carrier bag was snatched from a 75-year-old man by an Asian male described as in his late teens and wearing dark clothes.
The second incident occurred in Halifax Road at 6pm when an 80-year-old woman had her handbag taken by a male as she walked to church.
This male was also described as Asian and in his late teens, of slim build, wearing dark clothes and between 5ft. 8in. and 6ft. tall. Police believe there was a group of four or five Asian male teenagers in the area at that time.
Sgt Tim Hitchen said: “These are despicable crimes targeting elderly people going about their business and getting on with their daily life. They have been left feeling uncertain for their safety when going out.
“As yet, we do not know whether these snatches were committed to profit from theft or as stupid pranks.
“I would appeal to anybody who has any information on these offences to search their conscience and come forward to the police.”
Call 101 with information or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.