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Snatching Spree: Four Handbag Thefts In An Hour Believed To Be Linked

Detectives in Queensland are investigating after four different stolen handbags in the same one-hour period.

Two women were transported to hospital and a third sustained minor injuries after a spate of assaults and thefts occurred on Friday night in Brisbane.

At 9.55pm, officers were called to Comer Street in South Brisbane following reports that a woman walking in a carpark had been assaulted by a man and had her handbag stolen.

She was transported to hospital with an injury to her shoulder.

Just over half an hour later, at 10.30pm, officers were called to Valhalla Street in Sunnybank following reports a woman was pushed to the ground and also had her handbag stolen.

She suffered a suspected fracture to her wrist and abrasions, and was transported to hospital.

All four incidences occurred in close proximity to one another. Photo: Google Maps.

Ten minutes later, and police were called to a third incident in the nearby Turton Street, where yet another woman had her handbag stolen. She received minor injuries during the incident.

And five minutes after that, at 10.40pm, police were called to the fourth incident of the night, when a woman had her handbag stolen whilst dining at a restaurant in Market Square on Mains Road.

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Detectives believe all four incidents are related.

Police are searching for a man described as having a slim build, dark skin and  170cm-175cm tall.

He was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper, and getting into a dark grey coloured Audi RS6 Station Wagon which was reported stolen from Wakerley earlier this month.

Police released this image of the model of the car, with the NSW license plate NBR 34E. Photo: Queensland Police.

The car has the licence plate NBR 34E; the public is urged not to approach it, but instead contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au