(KMOV.com) - In just the last three weeks, there have been several cases in St. Louis City where older women have been the victims of robberies and burglaries.
The most recent case occurred Wednesday morning when a 76-year-old woman was robbed of her purse at gunpoint while sitting in her car outside the Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic on Washington Ave.
A spokesperson for the VA told News 4 the victim is a family member of a veteran. She was not hurt, but the armed robbery has heightened security at the clinic. The spokesperson also said the VA is in the process of hiring more security officers for all of their clinic locations.
On Friday, St. Louis City Police released surveillance photos of three people caught using a stolen credit card at a local gas station. Police said that credit card was stolen from the home of a 73 year-old south St. Louis woman during a burglary. The woman was sleeping inside at the time. Cell phones, jewelry and keys were also taken by the thieves.
“I hope people will stay out of people's houses and stop and leave elderly people alone and just respect them, that's what I hope they will do,” said James Stevens, a neighbor of the 73-year-old woman.
On January 19, a 69-year-old Dogtown woman was the victim of a violent attack that left her with a welt on her head. Police said she was hit with the butt end of a gun and robbed of her purse while she was on her front porch. That suspect has not yet been caught.