Two elderly women had their purses snatched from them in separate incidents last week in the Carlingwood-McKellar Park area.

Ottawa Police are investigating whether the two incidents, which occurred a day apart, are linked.

In the first incident on Wednesday, May 7, a 104-year-old woman was walking along a path in the Cleary Avenue-Richmond Road area when she was brushed by a man riding a bicycle and realized shortly after he had stolen her purse. The cyclist was described as a white man in his 40s.

In the second incident on Thursday, May 8, an 87-year-old woman was walking in the Prince Charles Road/Saville Row area when a man threw her to the ground, stole her purse and fled on foot, turning onto Black Friars Road.

She was taken to hospital with a broken arm and remains in hospital.

Police described the suspect in this case as a white male, 20-40 years of age, with black wavy or curly hair and wearing a black jacket. 

Police are asking anyone with information to either of these incidents to contact the robbery unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.