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Major police manhunt after handbag snatch
A federal police helicopter assisted numerous officers on the ground in pursuing a suspect after a 77 year-old woman had her bag snatched in Uccle on Thursday afternoon. The victim was walking along Chaussée Saint-Job when a scooter rider grabbed her handbag. A passing motorist came to her assistance and called the police who quickly tracked the mobile phone in her bag to Beersel train station.
Officers dispatched to the scene saw a man run along the railways tracks. Train services were delayed for the duration of the pursuit. Just over an hour after the theft, a suspect was located hiding behind a car. A man, born in 1992 and known to the police for similar offences, has been placed at the disposition of the prosecution service. The hand bag and mobile phone have been returned to the victim.