Sunday, 22 July 2018

Thief steals handbag from good samaritan

A WOMAN?s handbag was stolen as she helped a friend in a wheelchair

A WOMAN?s handbag was stolen as she helped a friend in a wheelchair.

The thief was a woman who struck as the 53-year-old victim was helping her friend down a step on the pathway by Waitrose car park in Church Street, Caversham, between 5.30pm and 5.45pm on Wednesday, August 12.

Police are linking the theft to another incident where a 67-year-old woman?s bag was grabbed as she was walking in Milestone Way, away from the Milestone Centre in Caversham, at about 11.15am on August 24.

When she reached the junction with Chatsworth Close a woman approached her and ripped the bag off her. The thief then ran off along Lowfield Road and down an alleyway close to Aldenham Close.

The victim suffered bruising to her arm. Her bag contained a black Ted Baker purse, cash, a bank card, a set of keys and glasses.

Police said the suspect in both cases was of mixed race. The woman in the second theft was about 5ft 7ins, in her early to mid-twenties, of average build with brown neck length hair. She was wearing a quilted black hooded top and jeans and was carrying a blue mobile phone.

Pc Jim Bone, who is investigatating the thefts, appealed for anyone with information to contact the police on 101.

?We are linking the two incidents,? he said. ?If you recognise the description then please contact us.?

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