OAP’s trolley stolen down Hatfield alleyway

PUBLISHED: 06:30 04 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:41 04 October 2011




A 70-YEAR-OLD man had his personal shopping trolley stolen down an alleyway.

A woman distracted the OAP by throwing coins down the alley in Stockbreach Road and then waited for him.

As the victim walked down through the passing, he stopped to look at the coins and then the thug struck, stealing his shopping trolley.

The victim tried to stop the woman, but he fell and injured his head.

She then ran off towards Stockbreach Close.

The thief is described as a white woman, of slim build, aged 23 to 26, with straight blonde shoulder length hair. She was wearing a pink fleece jumper or jacket and pink leggings with white trainers, along with a multi-coloured baseball cap.

Pc Glenn Cook, from the Welwyn Hatfield Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This was a callous, calculated and heartless attack on a vulnerable victim.

“The man was left very shaken by the incident and for very little gain by the offender.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area either just before the incident, when the woman may have been hanging around or during and after when she ran off. Perhaps you saw something or can identify her as the description is quite distinctive.

“I would also like to appeal to the conscience of this woman – if this was you, just hand yourself in.”

The attack which happened at around 1.40pm, on Thursday September 29.

Call Pc Cook with information via the non-emergency number 101.

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