92-year-old who had her bag stolen in Rugby supermarket thanks public for ‘unbelievable kindness’

Police want to speak to this woman about the theft
Police want to speak to this woman about the theft

A 92-year-old woman whose bag was snatched in a supermarket has thanked people for their overwhelming 
support after the ordeal.

Dorothy was shopping in Aldi in Hillmorton Road on Friday July 10 when a woman reached over and took her handbag.

It was quite a shock at the time but now I am fine and I want to say thank you to all the people that have been so kind to me

Dorothy

Her purse, house keys, glasses and other personal items were in the bag.

“Since it happened, people have shown me so much kindness it is unbelievable - it has restored my faith in people,” Dorothy said.

“The staff at Aldi were wonderful. They took me in and gave me a cup of tea as I was quite shaken by the ordeal. Then they helped pack my shopping into my neighbour’s car and even put a lovely bouquet of flowers in with my shopping.”

Dorothy had reached up to a high shelf in the store when the thief struck.

“I’m only 4ft 7 so it was quite a stretch for me and when I looked down I realised my small bag had been taken from inside my big handbag,” Dorothy said.

“The police have been wonderful throughout. My notebook had my address written inside it so the person who took my bag had my keys and knew where I lived which was a worry.

“But the police arranged for a locksmith to come round as soon as possible - they were extremely helpful and kind,” Dorothy said.

Since the theft, a number of people have contacted the police asking if they can reimburse Dorothy for her loss.

She said: “I am amazed at how kind people have been. They have been so thoughtful and considerate to me and I wish I could thank them all personally.

“I couldn’t accept their kind offers but I have asked that they make a donation to a charity of their choice if they wish to. As my bag contained a lot of possessions it has been quite an expensive loss to me, but they are just material things and can be replaced.

“It was quite a shock at the time but now I am fine and I want to say thank you to all the people that have been so kind to me.”

Police are still investigating and would like to speak to the woman in the CCTV image (left) in connection with the theft.

A Warwickshire Police spokesperson said: “Stealing from another person is thoughtless, completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by Warwickshire Police. In this instance, the offender preyed on a vulnerable elderly woman and took advantage of the situation for her own gain. We are determined to prevent this from happening again to another victim and urge anyone with information to come forward to help bring the woman responsible to justice.”