Thief robbed disabled pensioner on mobility scooter in Tipton

A callous thief robbed a pensioner of hundreds of pounds while the victim was on her mobility scooter.

The vulnerable 70-year-old was making her way to a local supermarket in Wednesbury Oak Road, Tipton at around 1.30pm on Saturday 22 February, when a young woman stopped her asking for change for a pound coin.

As the disabled woman searched her purse the thief slyly helped herself to a substantial amount of cash from the victim’s handbag which was on the scooter’s handlebars.

Sergeant Leighton Shingles said: "This was a callous robbery against a vulnerable lady, who is trying to keep her independence in spite of her difficulty with mobility. She has been left badly shaken by the theft.

"The thief crossed the road and got into the passenger seat of a black saloon car which drove off along Gospel Oak Road.

"We are asking anyone who saw the theft or who may have any information which will lead us to the culprit to contact us on 101."

The woman is described as Asian, in her early 20s with long curly hair tied back, five feet tall with a large build. She was wearing black trousers and a black top.

Anyone with information can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.