Police hunt thief who robbed Haslingden pensioner

POLICE are hunting a thief who stole a wallet from an 84-year-old man as he helped him across the street.

The victim was approached by the man, in his 30s, who offered to help him across the pedestrian crossing in Higher Deardengate, in Haslingden.

Despite refusing any help, the man grabbed hold of the pensioner and escorted him across the road.

As they were walking across the road outside Barclays Bank, he slipped his hand into the victim's coat and stole his wallet containing £130 before running away from the scene.

The incident happened at around 3.15pm on Monday.

PC Mick Woods said the victim had been left ‘shaken’ following the incident.

He said: “The elderly victim has been left shaken by this incident and we are appealing for people to come forward with information.

“The suspect is described as a white male approximately 5ft 10ins tall in height, of average build and aged approximately mid to late 30s.

“He was wearing a black waist length jacket with the hood pulled up against his face and light coloured trousers.

“CCTV enquiries have shown that there were many people around this location at the time of the offence and may have seen this incident and have knowledge of the offender.

“I would appeal to anybody with any information about this offence, or the person responsible to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting reference: LC-20121217-0914.”

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3:38pm Sat 22 Dec 12

mys says...

Low life scum wants his hands chopping off, poor man hope he's ok xx
Low life scum wants his hands chopping off, poor man hope he's ok xx mys

4:38pm Sat 22 Dec 12

GIBUCK says...

Some drug infested rat that strikes on a vulnerable old man ......... I'd chop more than his hands off, should be caught and put on show in public where he can be pelted with rotten eggs ........axxholes pisx me off
Some drug infested rat that strikes on a vulnerable old man ......... I'd chop more than his hands off, should be caught and put on show in public where he can be pelted with rotten eggs ........axxholes pisx me off GIBUCK

5:06pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Libra1 says...

Is it any wonder the elderly have lost trust with majority of people ? These type of scum need a good leathering , hope he gets his comeuppance
Is it any wonder the elderly have lost trust with majority of people ? These type of scum need a good leathering , hope he gets his comeuppance Libra1

5:13pm Sat 22 Dec 12

cathedral citi says...

I hope the lowlife chokes on his turkey drumstick, coupled with a good old bout of the novovirus....... Please, God........
I hope the lowlife chokes on his turkey drumstick, coupled with a good old bout of the novovirus....... Please, God........ cathedral citi

6:22pm Sat 22 Dec 12

mavrick says...

This happened last Monday!!!!!!
This happened last Monday!!!!!! mavrick

11:18am Sun 23 Dec 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

There is no crossing in Higher (or Lower) Deardengate
There is no crossing in Higher (or Lower) Deardengate disgusted tunbridge wells

11:20am Sun 23 Dec 12

disgusted tunbridge wells says...

disgusted tunbridge wells wrote:
There is no crossing in Higher (or Lower) Deardengate
Sorry, ignore this post
[quote][p][bold]disgusted tunbridge wells[/bold] wrote: There is no crossing in Higher (or Lower) Deardengate[/p][/quote]Sorry, ignore this post disgusted tunbridge wells

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