Police news

Rome police were still searching Monday for two men who injured a 62-year-old woman while snatching her purse at Kroger late Sunday.

According to Rome police:

Witnesses said they heard a woman scream and saw two black males wearing jeans and black hoodies punching her.

The two men then grabbed her purse and ran toward the railroad tracks behind the store.

One witness told police he heard someone yell, “They just robbed that lady” and he chased the two men through the parking lot, but he said they were out of sight when he rounded the corner of Kroger.

The victim was treated for cuts and knots on her head and face.

Her black, white and green purse contained a matching wallet and her cell phone with a bamboo cover.

The phone was last pinged at 10:46 p.m. at an East 12th Street address.

A search of the area did not turn anything up.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Rome City Police Department at 706-238-5111.

In a news release issued late Monday afternoon police issued some tips to avoid crime during the holiday season.

Investigator Joe Cost­olnick said the news release is not directly related to the mugging but is certainly timely.

Here are some tips from the RPD on how to celebrate safely this holiday season:

The Rome Police Department releases data daily to this interactive website that allows citizens to see where crime is happening. Use the ‘Receive Alerts’ feature in the upper right hand corner of the site to sign up for daily email updates about crime in the locations that matter to you.

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. Avoid carrying more cash or credit cards than needed and keep cash in your front pocket. Don’t leave packages or valuables on the seat of your car or carry more than a few items at a time. Be aware of strangers approaching you for any reason. Criminals can try various methods of distracting you to take money or belongings.
  • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows, even if leaving the house for just a few minutes. Make sure a neighbor or family member keeps an eye on your home while you’re gone, picking up newspapers and mail. Get an automatic timer for your lights. Don’t display gifts where they can be seen from the outside of your home.
  • Don’t place discarded boxes on the curbside for pickup that identifies that brand new gift you just received. That lets everyone know what you have inside.
  • Take extra caution when answering your door. It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during the holiday season by soliciting donations door-to-door.
  • Don’t be afraid to report suspicious activity. Know who is in your neighborhood.