Stafford Street in Llanelli

UPDATE: An 18-year-old man has been charged with robbery following the theft of a 76-year-old woman’s purse in Llanelli.

Jonathan Levi Edwards will appear before Llanelli Magistrates’ Courts this afternoon (16/5).

DYFED-Powys Police investigating the robbery of a 76-year-old woman in Llanelli have arrested an 18-year-old man.

Dyfed-Powys Police received a report that the victim’s purse had been stolen at around 9.15am on Sunday (May 13) in the Stafford Street area.

Extensive enquiries with the assistance of key witnesses quickly identified an 18-year-old man believed to be responsible.

He was swiftly arrested and is currently in police custody while enquiries continue. Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with this offence.

The victim’s purse currently remains outstanding, and officers are appealing for people living in the Stafford Street and New Dock Road areas to check their gardens in case it has been discarded.

It is descried as a tan coloured zip and button purse, with an oblong shaped keyring inscribed with Egyptian writing attached. At the time of the incident it contained a credit card, bus pass and Post Office card.

Anyone who believes they might have found it, is urged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police by calling 101.

DI Gareth Roberts, of Llanelli CID, said: “This is a serious crime against a particularly vulnerable lady going about her normal business in daylight hours. Naturally, she is very shaken following the incident and is being supported by officers. It is fortunate that she did not suffer any significant physical injuries.

“An effective police response and good support from the local community quickly identified who we believe to be the lone offender, who is currently in custody while we continue our enquiries.

“We hope this swift arrest shows the community that it can be confident in our ability to prevent and effectively respond to such offences”.

If you witnessed the incident or have information that could help officers and have not yet spoken with police, call 101 quoting reference 095 of May 13.

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