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Elderly woman stole collapsed man's cash

PUBLISHED: 09:28 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

PENSIONER: Wanted in connection with missing money.

PENSIONER: Wanted in connection with missing money.

AN ELDERLY woman was caught on CCTV pickpocketing £2,500 from a man who collapsed due to a brain tumour

AN ELDERLY woman was caught on CCTV pickpocketing £2,500 from a man who collapsed due to a brain tumour.

A retired 49-year-old from Eltham fell "like a sack of potatoes" in Nationwide Building Society, Eltham High Street, on December 17 last year as he went to cash money for his son's Christmas present.

CCTV pictures show that as the retired building engineer lay on the ground, a woman in glasses took his bag then edged away from the scene while paramedics resuscitated him.

Due to undergo a life-threatening operation tomorrow, the father now wants the elderly thief to hand herself in.

He said: "Someone must know where she lives. I don't feel any anger, I don't wish her ill luck.

"I know there is a recession - a lot of people are struggling and some people can barely feed themselves.

"I just want her to return the money, the savings which my family live off."

Within two weeks of his 50th birthday the victim will undergo a complex operation with a two per cent chance he will die. Doctors said there is a 20 per cent chance he will be left paralysed in his right arm and leg, while there remains a strong chance that he will be left mute.

He added: "I wish it didn't have to happen, but you know one just has to act up to the acts of life.

"On December 16 I got out of bed and felt super. The next day disaster struck. It makes you realise how important each day is."

PC Stack said: "The woman in the purple coat was one of the first people on the scene along with four others. As he was put into the recovery position, she bent down to pick up his bag. It happened in a split second.

"She then looked in the bag, and slowly walked away towards McDonald's."

PC Stack added: "We would urge the lady in the picture to contact the police as soon as possible.

"Anyone with information that can assist should contact us immediately."

Call Greenwich Police on 020 8284 9417 or give information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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