Pensioner’s bag is stolen in Malmesbury shop
2:00pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
PENSIONERS in Malmesbury are being warned to keep an eye on their belongings after a 92-year-old woman had her bag snatched in a charity shop.
Police asked witnesses to come forward after the pensioner, living in the Malmesbury town centre area, had her bag and money taken as she sat to rest by the entrance to Dorothy House Hospice Shop, Market Lane, at 1.30pm on September 3.
She was left shaken and upset after she turned to find her bag, which she had placed down beside her moments before, was gone.
“It is just sad,” said Dorothy House Hospice shop manager, Ann Porteous, who was there when it happened.
“We didn’t see anything unfortunately; it all happened in a matter of seconds.
“She had sat down with her bag in the shop, so she definitely had it, and she was on the window ledge while her friend went round the shop.
“We all feel it was someone walking past. There were one or two people in the shop at the time but they are regular customers.”
Staff searched for the bag but they had already suspected it wasn’t just missing.
“She was a bit shaken and upset about it,” said Mrs Porteous.
“You just don’t expect that kind of thing to happen, especially somewhere like Malmesbury.
“Perhaps we are all just a little bit more relaxed living somewhere like this.
“She was with a close friend of hers who was pretty upset as well. Things like this just leave a sour taste in your mouth.
“I have been here for four to four-and-a-half years and I have been amazed by the things that have been stolen from us. If people have the audacity to steal from a charity shop then they can’t have much else going for them.”
Sergeant Martin Alvis of Malmesbury police said: “It makes me very angry when I hear of people preying on the elderly. It can have a really negative impact on them.
“This sort of thing is normally done by people from out of town.
“They (the elderly) are seen as the easier victims and people need to keep an eye on their belongings.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
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