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Help catch thief who stole OAP’s bank card in Chippenham
2:30pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
THE picture of a man suspected of stealing from a blind elderly lady has been shared more than 11,250 times via social media.
Facebook users incensed by the callous distraction theft in Chippenham have been circulating the CCTV image over the past week.
It was released by police in an appeal for witnesses to the incident, on Friday, August 2, just after 11am at the bus stop in Bath Road.
Police believe the man followed the vulnerable 88-year-old widow after she withdrew money at Lloyds bank.
He made off with the bank card and travelled to Birmingham and Wolver-hampton, where he emptied her bank account to treat himself to a £3,900 car, £100 of petrol and other items including food from Asda.
The woman, who carries a white stick, said: “I want people to know what happened to me so hopefully it won’t happen to anyone else. I keep thinking about what happened and playing it over in my mind, thinking if there was anything else I could have done.
“It just makes me feel sick, I can’t believe it.”
The thief is described as being dark-skinned with short dark hair and was wearing jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and black footwear and carrying a clear plastic bag.
Det Con Jan Challes said: “This appears to have been a premeditated theft on a vulnerable member of our community.”
Anyone with information about the incident can contact DC Challes at the Crime Management Unit in Melksham on 101 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555111.
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