Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after a street robbery on Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth.
The robbery happened at around 11.30pm on Tuesday 19 July along Holdenhurst Road.
The victim, a 28-year-old woman from Wimborne, was sitting in her parked car when a man knocked on her window.
She opened the car door and the man threatened her with a needle and demanded that she hand over her handbag. The offender then snatched the victim’s black leather Fiorellli handbag – containing a purse with cash and bank cards – and made off in the direction of Boscombe. The victim was not physically injured.
The offender is described as white, aged in his late thirties with light brown hair in a pony tail. He was wearing a light blue denim shirt.
Detective Constable Jane Millard, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim and I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
“It is possible the offender discarded the handbag in the nearby vicinity, so I would ask that anyone who spots such an item does not touch it, but reports it to police immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101, quoting incident number 19:552.