Police search out purse snatching suspect


 A purse snatcher and accomplice are on the lose and Toronto Police are asking for your help in tracking the suspects down.

 The first incident occurred Wednesday night.  Police officers responded to a call for a robbery in the Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West area around 8:55 p.m. 

 Reports indicated a 63-year-old woman was waiting for a TTC bus when a man grabbed her purse, got into the passenger seat of a waiting car and took off.

 The car is described as a newer model white 4-door sedan, possibly a Ford. It was clean and shiny with tinted windows. It may have had a personalized licence plate 'KAAPIIYAA.' 

 The suspect is described as 20-25 years of age, 5'8"-5'9", with a thin build. He was wearing a grey hooded sweater with the hood up, denim vest, black or grey pants and white shoes. 

 Later that night around  9:30 p.m., officers responded to a call for a robbery in the Jane Street and Wilson Avenue area. 

 A 25-year-old woman was sitting on a wall near a parking lot when a man approached, pushed her to the ground, and grabbed her purse. 

 The suspect got into a waiting car and sped away.

 That car is described as a white sedan, possibly a newer Honda model. It had a rear licence plate with eight letters which possibly included 'AJFK.' 

 The suspect is described as early 20's, 5'8", thin build, beard, and long black hair in a ponytail. He was wearing white pants, a white sweater, and a black jacket. He had a silver chain around his neck. 

 Investigators believe the same man is responsible for both of these robberies. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).