Wednesday 22 November 2017

'It's sick' - Woman (80) has pension stolen after thieves stalk her from Post Office

Exclusive footage shows one man distract pensioner while accomplice rifles through handbag

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

Gardai are hunting a pair of thieves who followed an elderly woman from a Post Office and stole her pension.

Footage of the brazen Co Kildare raid shows one man distract the 80-year-old woman while his accomplice sits into her car and rifles through her handbag.

The victim's son told Independent.ie that he is furious at the incident and has issued a plea for help locating the pair. He has also warned others to be aware of the scam.

"I feel quite sickened. How can someone do this to a person so vulnerable?" he said.

"I just think it's a really low point in human character. Their parents must be so ashamed of them."

The man said his mother, who has asked not to be identified, collected her pension from the Post Office in Sallins at 11am on Friday.

It is believed that the two men were watching this and they followed her approximately one mile away along the road to Kerdiffstown where she parked her vehicle.

"Two of them got out of the car and they ran after her. They started to walk once they approached the car," her son said.

One of the men hunted over the raid. Picture: Facebook
One of the men hunted over the raid. Picture: Facebook

"One guy got out and stood a little bit away from the car. He asked her to spell the name of the place where they were so he could send a parcel home.

"While this interaction was going on, the second man went around the back of the car and went into her handbag on the passenger side.

"He took about a week's pension money."

A Good Samaritan spotted what was happening and he intervened. "He said, 'That's not your car', and then the second fellow left the vehicle."

One of the men hunted over the raid. Picture: Facebook
One of the men hunted over the raid. Picture: Facebook

The man who distracted the pensioner was described as being in his mid 20s with dark features. The other man was in his mid 30s and he was described as being little bit stockier.

They spoke with broken English.

Her son said he is furious about the incident.

Asked how his mother is, he responded: "She says she is okay but it has got to be a damage to her ego and confidence.

"She's 80. She will be nervous to go down and collect the pension and groceries after this."

A garda spokesperson confirmed that thery are investigating the incident.

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