Shocking footage shows a couple steal an 86-year-old woman’s purse moments before she has a heart attack
- Police are hunting for couple who targeted woman at Leicestershire post office
- CCTV shows female creep behind elderly victim and rifle through her handbag
- She quickly realises her purse is missing and alerts a member of staff in the shop
- But the couple manage to barge their way out before escaping in a getaway car
- Victim had a heart attack moments later and spent week in hospital recovering
This is the horrifying moment an elderly woman’s purse is stolen by brazen thieves – moments before she suffered a heart attack.
Police are hunting for the couple who targeted the 86-year-old at a post office in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, at 10am on September 1.
CCTV shows the female creep up behind the elderly victim and rifle through her handbag while her male accomplice pretends to browse greetings cards nearby.
Seconds later, the elderly woman realises her purse is missing and alerts a member of staff, who tried to stop the thieves escaping.
But the couple manage to barge their way out of the shop before being driven away by a third person in a getaway car.
Moments later, the woman suffered a heart attack and was rushed to hospital, where she spent a week recovering before being discharged.
Detectives at Leicestershire Police released CCTV of the theft in a bid to track down the culprits.
The couple enter the post office in Castle Donington, Leicestershire, and pretend to browse the greetings cards
The female culprit, wearing a large shawl, creeps up behind her 86-year-old victim
She reaches into the woman’s handbag and plucks her purse out before quickly fleeing the shop with her male accomplice
Detective Constable Michael Steer said: ‘The victim has been through so much after suffering a heart attack and we’re pleased she is on the road to recovery.
‘Our enquiries into the incident have been ongoing since it was reported and earlier this month we issued CCTV images of two people we wanted to identify in connection with this incident.
‘Unfortunately we didn’t receive any significant leads and have now released CCTV footage of the incident in the hope it will help identify those responsible.
Do you recognise these people? Leicestershire Police released CCTV of the theft in a bid to track down the culprits
‘The footage is of good quality and we’d ask the public to take a look and contact us if they recognise the people in the footage or have any suspicions about who they may be.
‘We believe they may have links to the West Midlands area and would ask that people share this appeal far and wide.’
A 23-year-old man from Birmingham has been arrested in connection with the incident but has been released under investigation.