Son of 92-year-old bag theft victim tells of distress over crime

APPEAL CCTV footage captured this suspect on camera
APPEAL CCTV footage captured this suspect on camera
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THE son of a pensioner who had her purse stolen while out shopping has spoken about the impact it has had on her.

The 92-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, had her bag and purse – which contained £200 cash – snatched from her trolley as she went around Iceland.

CCTV images showed the thief took just 14 seconds to enter the store in West Street Fareham, steal the bag, and leave again.

The victim’s son Leonard Moody, said: ‘We’d just gone into the shop and put her Zimmer frame in the corner because she wanted to go round with a trolley.

‘I was only a few feet ahead of her because she wanted to do her own shopping.’

The thief struck while she was at the first set of freezers in the entry aisle.

‘Nobody actually saw him do it, it happened so quickly.

‘It’s left her absolutely distraught. She’s had such a hard life, she was a scullery maid at 14 and a war widow at 22. When you have someone do this with such disregard for others it makes me so angry.

‘When this happened she said to me “What did I do to deserve this?”.

‘This was in a nice, friendly shop with a 92-year-old who is able to move around on her own fairly comfortably and has all her marbles, but what’s happened has knocked her sideways.

‘Whoever did this doesn’t deserve to breathe the same air, he’s a scumbag.’

The incident happened at about 1.30pm on Tuesday, April 9.

It’s believed the man boarded on a bus for Southampton after leaving the store.

Investigating officer PC Dave Lynn of Fareham District CID said: ‘I would also like to take this opportunity to remind shoppers to please be aware not to leave your bag unattended at any time.

‘If you do place your bag in a trolley then consider securing it to the trolley.

‘A light fob, clip and rope can be purchased from most hardware stores.

‘This can then be used to secure your valuables.

‘Also, please be very mindful of what you carry in your bag such as money.’

Anyone with information should contact Fareham Police Station on 101, or anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.