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The victim was entering her home by way of a rear door when she was approached from behind by a man who forcefully grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground, according to Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department.
Dudlo said a neighbor alerted police after finding the victim lying in her backyard crying for help.
The condition of the victim is unknown.
Dudlo said detectives are reviewing video footage from nearby cameras in an attempt to identify the suspect. They are also attempting to locate witnesses and are asking anybody who was in the area at the time of the robbery or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to call 708-924-7300.
Callers may remain anonymous.