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Woman pushing pram steals purse from 'distressed' pensioner, 85, shopping alone


The 85-year-old victim was targeted in the supermarket when her back was turned as she reached for fruit. The shameless thief, who was pushing a pram with a toddler in, grabbed hold of the pensioner’s pull-along trolley, which contained the purse, cash and cards, reports Chronicle Live.

Police have issued two CCTV images of someone they’d like to talk after the theft in Blyth, Northumberland, on March 27.

It left the pensioner very distressed and she was comforted by shop staff before officers arrived.

Detective Constable Paul Kelly of Northumbria Police said: “To steal from anyone is unacceptable but to prey on an elderly woman while her back is turned is absolutely disgusting.

“With so little opportunity for outside contact, a trip to the shops is as normal as it gets for most people and this thief has not only robbed a vulnerable pensioner of her belongings but of her independence and sense of safety.

“During the past week we have ran extensive checks in an effort to ID this woman but have so far been unable to identify her. We are now appealing to the public to come forward if they feel they are able to assist and help crack this case.”

The woman is described as in her 50s or 60s with greying brown cropped hair. She was wearing a khaki jacket, and grey joggers at the time.

Although she arrived pushing the pram with the young child in, she exited the shop alone.

It is believed she was also in the company of two much younger females, who entered the shop shortly after her.

Later that day, the stolen cards were used by a different much younger female at a shop in Blyth.

She was able to buy scratch cards and cigarettes but when she tried to buy more, the card was declined.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers online using the ‘Tell Us Something’ feature of the website and quoting log 670 270321.

Anyone unable to report online is asked to phone 101, quoting the same number.


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